Pilgrims to defy Jerusalem tension on Via Crucis

To cross Muslim, Christian and Jewish areas of Old City 20/11

19 November, 20:51

    (ANSAmed) - JERUSALEM, NOVEMBER 19 - A prayer will be held in St Catherine's Church in Bethlehem and the Stations of the Cross visited in the streets of Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday morning to call for peace in the region.

    A few hundred pilgrims in the Holy Land will be crossing through Muslim, Christian and Jewish areas of the city as part of the initiative by Opera Romana Pellegrinaggi (ORP), held in agreement with Israeli and Palestinian authorities. Initially a 'peace march' had been planned that was to have started from Bethlehem to then cross Checkpoint 300 and arrive in Jerusalem. Organizers opted to change plans after Tuesday's attack on a synagogue. The event will begin on Thursday morning at 7:45 AM at St Catherine's Church in Bethlehem, where olive branches will be handed out. The pilgrims will then be taken to Jerusalem by bus, where they will visit the Stations of the Cross ('Via Crucis' in Latin): from the Church of the Flagellation to that of the Holy Sepulcher. ''We wanted the walk to become a 'Via Crucis', which is the heart of the Christian faith: that the cross carried with love defeats evil,'' said Monsignor Liberio Andreatta, ORP chairman and managing director. (ANSAmed).

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