Monday, July 17, 2006

Violence in the Holy Land

Bishop William S. Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent a letter to His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, expressing concern over the recent escalation of violence in the Holy Land and calling for a peaceful solution to the conflict.

"Our Conference supports your leadership in rejecting the path of violence and in calling for the negotiation of a just peace that provides security for Israelis and a viable state for Palestinians," Bishop Skylstad wrote. "The cycle of violence must be broken in order to open up the path to justice and peace in the Holy Land."

The text of Bishop Skylstad's letter is here.