|Jesus was Palestinian and why it matters|
“For Christ’s sake, Abu Ammar, please don’t tell me about Jesus just now! We have got to get this child out of Lebanon or she will surely die!”
|Yasser Arafat, right, and Pope John Paul II |
meet at the papal summer residence
Castel Gandolfo, near Rome,
The PLO leader once recalled a special meeting when, on short notice, Pope John Paul invited him to the Pontiff’s summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, Italy. It was September 19, 1999, the 17thAnniversary of the Sabra-Shatila Massacre.
|Janet Lee Stevens|
|Yasser Arafat with the Pope in |
Dheisheh refugee camp
They considered them as part of the makeup of the original landscape with deep roots in this land and that they have a right to live in the place where they were born and to fully exercise their undeniable Right of Return if they were ethnically cleansed.
According to I.MEDIA news agency, which is close to the Vatican, the Melkite Greek Catholic Church leader Gregory III Laham the spiritual head of Lebanon's second largest Catholic community has stated his intension “to ask the Pope to recognize a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its shared capital and in compliance with the resolutions and decisions of the international community and international law." I. Media, reports that “Gregory plans to thank the Holy See for its "firm and unwavering position on the [Palestinian] cause." Gregory believes, that, “Such an action would allow the Holy See to remain a "pioneer of world justice" and prompt European and other countries to follow.
|Demonstrators calling for Palestinian human rights in Lebanon march from south Beirut to downtown.|
Metaphoricallyspeaking, perhaps for some who have actively worked to deny Palestinian refugees in Lebanon even the most fundamental human rights, this courageous act could be seen as a sort of“ Full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction” as described in the first Book of Common Prayer, 1549.
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