European and American Bishops to Meet in Holy Land

JERUSALEM, JAN. 11, 2004 ( Catholic bishops from Europe and the Americas will meet in Bethlehem and Jerusalem this week for a conference entitled “The Universal Church in Solidarity with the Church of the Holy Land.”

The episcopal conferences of Canada, the United States, England and Wales, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Switzerland will send bishops to the meeting. Hosts of the event are Latin-rite Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem, and the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land.

The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) and Caritas Latin America will also be represented.

The conference of England and Wales is coordinating the meeting, which runs Monday through Thursday.

Participants will include Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. episcopal conference; Archbishop Brendan O’Brien, president of the Canadian conference; and Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool, vice president of the conference of England and Wales and a representative for the CCEE.