Holy Land Christian Patriarchs and Bishops Address Hamas
- The following is a message to Hamas from several Christian leaders in the
Middle East, including His Eminence Metropolitan Swerios Malki Mourad of
We congratulate the Palestinian people for their democratic performance in
the recent parliamentary elections. We express our respect and our support
to the will of the people expressed in these elections. We congratulate all
those who were elected.
Our message as Christian leaders in this new phase of our history is the
message of our faith and our concern for all. Some may be afraid or troubled
because of this new phase. We respond, first, with the words of Jesus
Christ: �Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. Peace I bequeath to
you; my own peace I give you, a peace which the world cannot give� (Jn
14:27). Second, �Be strong and stand firm� (Jos 1:9). We call upon the
Palestinian people to continue their contribution to the making of their
history whatever may be the difficulties or obstacles, internal or external.
We pray for all those who will govern in this difficult period, and we
extend our cooperation to them for the public good and the national
Palestinian aspirations together with the cause of justice and peace in a
non violent way, whether in regard to foreign relations, the rule of law
together with full religious freedom, especially in the social and
Our message to the Government of Hamas, members and leadership, is the
message of Our Lord Jesus Christ in his Sermon on the Mountain: �Blessed are
the poor in spirit: the kingdom of heaven is theirs. Blessed are the gentle:
they shall have the earth as their inheritance. Blessed are those who mourn:
they shall be comforted. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
uprightness: they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful: they
shall have mercy shown them. Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see
God. Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognized as children of
God� (Mt 5:3-10).
We ask God to guide us towards what is good for all and for this Holy Land
with all its inhabitants, Palestinians and Israelis, be they Moslems,
Christians or Jews.
Patriarch Theophilos III: Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
Patriarch Michel Sabbah: Latin Patriarchate
Patriarch Torkom II: Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate
Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, ofm, Gustos of the Holy Land
Metropolitan Abba Abraam: Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate
Swerios Malki Mourad: Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate.
Abune Grima: Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate
Paul Nabil Sayyah: Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate
Bishop Riah Abu El-Assal: Episcopal Church of Jerusalem &the Middle
Bishop Mounib Younan: Lutheran Evangelical Church
Pierre Melki, Exarch for the Syrian Catholics-Jerusalem
Andre Dikran Bedoghlyan: Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate
Archimandrite Mtanious Haddad: Greek Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate
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Greetings in HIS name
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