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placeholder January 19, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA

A Palestinian carries the body of his daughter during her funeral in the Gaza Strip, Jan. 9. The child was killed during the Israeli offensive in the area. The U.N. has called for an immediate cease-fire.
CNS PHOTO/MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS

Gaza priest: ‘We cry and nobody hears us’

JERUSALEM (CNS) — The pastor of the Catholic parish in Gaza City described Gaza as “drowning in blood” as hospitals overflowed with patients.

In a message to participants in a special Mass for peace at St. Stephen Church in Jerusalem Jan. 4, Msgr. Manuel Musallam, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Gaza City, wrote: “What you see on television cannot be compared to what is happening. The word love is choking in my throat. . . . We are living like animals in Gaza. We cry and nobody hears us. I am asking God for mercy and pray that the light of Christianity continues to shine in Gaza.”

Church leaders from the Holy Land attended the Mass at St. Stephen’s while local and international Christians gathered elsewhere in Israel and the West Bank to pray for a halt to the violence in Gaza. When Israel began its military operation in Gaza in late December, the heads of Christian churches in the Holy Land called for Jan. 4 to be a day of prayer for peace.

At St. Stephen’s, retired Latin Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem said the Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip means death for both sides.

“What is happening now is death for Palestinians as well as Israelis,” Patriarch Sabbah said at the Mass. “What is happening in Gaza has made us all come to pray and join in a prayer that says stop the massacre. We are calling to God to look at Gaza and see what is happening there and to all of us.”

Peace only can come through justice, not war, he said.

He called on Palestinians to realize that the only way to regain their freedom and independence is through nonviolent means.

Israel launched a ground attack in Gaza Jan. 3 after several days of airstrikes, saying it wanted to stop the Palestinian militant group Hamas from launching rockets into Israel. Since the start of the airstrikes Dec. 27, at least 13 Israelis and more than 900 Palestinians have been killed.

 
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