December 27, 2011
Jerusalem- Heads of Churches in Jerusalem exchange Christmas Greetings.
His grace the Rt. Revd Suheil Dawani and the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, together with many clergy from the different Christian traditions, gathered on Monday, December 27, 2011, at the Latin Patriarchate to exchange the Christmas greetings, which was hosted by His Beatitude Patriarch Fuad Twaal. Bishop Suheil was accompanied by his new Chaplain, the Revd John Organ and the Revd Canon Hosam Naoum, Pastor to the Arabic and English Speaking Congregations at St. George’s Cathedral, and Secretary to the Meetings of the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem.
The same day His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, made a courtesy visit to Bishop Suheil Dawani to wish him and the Anglican Church in this region a blessed and holy Christmas. Bishop Suhail and his Beatitude reaffirmed the warm and strong ties between the two churches, especially the tradition that allows the Anglican Church to use the Church of the Nativity (St. George’s Chapel) and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (The Abraham Chapel) for its worship services, particularly on Christmas Eve.
Also, a delegation from the Palestinian National Authority made a courtesy visit to Bishop Dawani at the Bishop’s Residential Hall. The delegation was led by Dr. Hussein Alaa’raj, the Chief of Staff of the President’s Office, Mr. Adnan Alhusseini, the Governor of Jerusalem, Mr. Ziad Albandak, the President’s Advisor of the Christian Affairs, and Mr. Essa Kassisia, member of the presidential committee for Christian Affairs. Dr. Alaa’rj and his party conveyed warm wishes and greetings from His Excellency President Abbas “Abu Mazen” and the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian people at this holy season of Christmas and the New Year.
Bishop Suheil in return thanked the delegation for their kind visit and good wishes and praised His Excellency President Abu-Mazen for his continuous support for the Palestinian people. Bishop Dawani valued the president’s presence among those who celebrated the Feast of the Nativity on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem, together with His Excellency the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salaam Fayad, and the Jordanian Foreign Minister, His Eminence Mr.Naser Joudeh.
Dr. Alaa’raj congratulated Bishop Dawani for his Christmas message given at the Church of the Nativity on Christmas Eve, and the moral support of the Church to his Excellency President Abbas and His Majesty King Abdullah Bin Al Hussein II for their commitment for peace and justice.