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Pope Francis and Patriarch of Jerusalem urge defending Status Quo

Pope Francis and Patriarch of Jerusalem urge defending Status Quo

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27 October 2017

Pope Francis met with the Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem, All Palestine and Jordan Theophilos III on 23 October, and both religious leaders called for an end to violence and discrimination against people of different faiths in the Holy Land.

The Status Quo is a set of customs and rules - upheld for centuries - recognized by both religious and state authorities.

Theophilos III visited Rome from 22-25 October, and in his various meetings around the Holy See received official assurance that the Holy See has listened to the observations of Patriarch Theophilos and his accompanying delegation, and follows with attention and concern the issues and actions which affect the Old City of Jerusalem and the Status Quo.

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit reiterated that, while working for a just peace in Palestine, Israel and the whole region, the WCC stands firmly with the churches in Jerusalem and behind safeguarding the essence of the multi-faith, multicultural identity of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

“We see the Status Quo as a pillar for the protection of rights for the Christian communities in the Holy Land, and all concerned parties must seriously work to uphold it and reverse all recent encroachments.”

Links

Full address of Pope Francis to His Beatitude Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem

Full address of His Beatitude Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, to Pope Francis