Our Holy Land project for Christmas 2008 follows on from the visit of four church leaders to the Holy Land in April 2008. Watch a short video of this visit.

Church Leaders

In April 2008 four main Irish church leaders; Cardinal Brady; Archbishop Alan Harper, Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh; Dr John Finlay, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church; and, Reverend Roy Cooper, President of the Methodist Church visited the Holy Land.

The leaders visit focused mainly on Bethlehem and Jerusalem where they met local church leaders and representatives from the Palestinian Authority and Israeli Government, and also saw at first hand the relief and development work that is being undertaken by partners of Christian Aid and Trocaire.

The leaders also took part in a joint service of prayer with local Christians at the Shepherds Field near Bethlehem on the theme of Keeping Watch: A service of Hope for Peace. On the second day of the visit, Cardinal Brady accompanied the Latin Patriarch on a pastoral visit to Gaza.

Bishops ask that the faithful to continue to pray for peace in the Holy Land.

More information

This video is an edited extract from a longer video produced about this visit.