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Bethlehem: Homily of Patriarch Fourd Twal during the Midnight Christmas mass

This historical night makes us think of the long night in which our world, and our middle east in particular is immersed. This is how the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem introduced his homily when he celebrated the midnight mass in Bethlehem on Tuesday. Among the dignitaries present for the Xmas vigil mass was the president of the Palestian authority Ahmed Abas, whom Patriarch Fourd Twal told that he prays for a ``just and equitable solution'' for the Palestinians, expressing sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians, particularly families that are suffering as a result of the conflict with Israel.
“The world is living through a long night of wars, destruction, fear, hate, racism and, at the present time, cold and snow,'' he said. Lamenting strife in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Twal also urged worshippers ``not to forget our own problems here: the prisoners and their families who hope for their release, the poor who have lost their land and their homes demolished, families waiting to be reunited, those out of work and all who suffer from the economic crisis.'' But Twal was quick to comfort his people, calling on them not to despair. “We are invited to be optimistic and to renew our faith that this land, home of the three monotheistic religions, will one day become a haven of peace for all people,'' he said.
``Oh Holy Child, God of goodness and mercy, look with kindness on the Holy Land and on our people who live in Palestine, in Israel, in Jordan and all the Middle East. Grant them the gift of reconciliation so that they may all be brothers, sons of one God,'' he prayed.
Thousands of Christian pilgrims and dignitaries from around the world packed the West Bank town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations on Tuesday. Apart from the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, and Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh were also among the dignitaries in attendance.


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