Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Meets Pope

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 15, 2002 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II met Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem today to discuss the Holy Land and the peace initiatives under way there.

The Vatican Press Office has published no further details on the meeting, which was followed by a luncheon.

On Saturday, the Latin patriarch, together with other Christian leaders of Jerusalem, presented proposals to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell for an end to the Israeli army´s siege of Bethlehem´s Basilica of the Nativity.

Franciscan and Armenian religious are confined and suffering there, following the April 2 invasion of the basilica by 200 mostly armed Palestinians.

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