Patriarch of Jerusalem calls for end to revenge attacks

(AGI) Vatican City, Nov 18 - The never-ending spiral of revengeattacks in the Middle East must cease, said the Latin Patriarchof Jerusalem, Fouad Twal. He went on to express his condolencesto the relatives of the victims of the attack on a Jerusalemsynagogue and other recent attacks in the Holy Land. He urgedmembers of churches, convents and monasteries to pray harderthan ever for God's help, and for help for the politicalleaders to ensure peace and safety. The patriarch told theFides news agency new security measures and blockades inJerusalem were a sign that

(AGI) Vatican City, Nov 18 - The never-ending spiral of revengeattacks in the Middle East must cease, said the Latin Patriarchof Jerusalem, Fouad Twal. He went on to express his condolencesto the relatives of the victims of the attack on a Jerusalemsynagogue and other recent attacks in the Holy Land. He urgedmembers of churches, convents and monasteries to pray harderthan ever for God's help, and for help for the politicalleaders to ensure peace and safety. The patriarch told theFides news agency new security measures and blockades inJerusalem were a sign that the situation was far from normaland that controls were inadequate in the face of such seriousproblems. The desperation that triggers violence needed to betackled at the roots, the never-ending spiral of revengeattacks must cease, or people would always live in fear, robbedof freedom and dignity. These were his predominant thoughts inthe run-up to Christmas. The SIR agency, however, reported thatthe patriarch had talked about "terrible news" and saidJerusalem was again mourning. He was said to call for prayersfor those who had been killed, the grieving families and thecity of Jerusalem. Jerusalem's vocation was to be a peacefulcity for its residents, said the patriarch. He ended hisstatement with a quote from Isiah 62:1-6: "For Zion's sake Iwill not keep silent, for Jerusalem's sake I will not remainquiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, hersalvation like a blazing torch." (AGI) . .