His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

It was good to see the two Churches together in ecumenical harmony there in London, because our destiny is the destiny of all, and we need to combine aid, strength and reflection in order to find the best solutions.

Preoccupation with the recent changes in the Arab World nevertheless inspired optimism in London. “It is important that in all these matters” — continued the Patriarch — “never to lose sight of the dignity of the individual in a gradual transformation which, sooner or later, will affect the entire region.”

 His Beatitude Fouad Twal

I hope it will be an Arab Spring and not an Arab Autumn, with leaves falling from the trees. We hope it will be a spring, although there will be preoccupation about what will follow. We long for freedom, democracy and dignity that will last, but while the military occupation in the Territories lasts, we can still speak of the dignity of the individual, and as I said in my address, in this Arab Spring; this desire for change, whether it is achieved peacefully or with violence; quickly or slowly; no Arab state will be immune from its effects, and neither will Israel. This Spring is an initiative that calls on us to think; to take steps towards this liberty for which we all long, this dignity, this democracy: a freedom of movement for all inhabitants in this corner of the Mediterranean, be they Moslems, Jews or Christians. All in this area have need of peace; everyone in the region needs security.

And it is at this moment that Christians are asked to unite in order to cope with this moment of transition, and work together so that peace triumphs.

 His Beatitude Fouad Twal

The fact that we were able to meet together at this conference in London is an example of precisely this necessary spirit of ecumenism and unity.