Jerusalem Patriarch Sounds a Plea for Peace

JERUSALEM, MARCH 27, 2005 ( Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem proclaimed a message of peace for the region when he celebrated Easter Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

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“Christ has truly risen! Rejoice!” the patriarch exhorted the faithful.

During Holy Week, especially for Good Friday’s Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa, the Old City witnessed the return of tourists and pilgrims to the sites of the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.

For the past four years, since the start of the second intifada, few foreigners have been seen in the Holy Land. It is estimated that over the past few days, some 15,000 pilgrims visited the land of Jesus.

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