Home page News
The Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilus speaks on&nb…

The Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilus speaks on the need to preserve the interreligious status quo in the Holy Land

On 29th December 2021 in the presidential residence of Jerusalem a traditional reception took place which the Israeli president gave for the heads and representatives of the Christian Churches and communities of the Holy Land before the New Year.

The Israel president Isaac Herzog opened the event with words of greetings by congratulating Christians of the Holy Land on the New Year and the Nativity of Christ. The Israeli minister for internal affairs Ayelet Shaked also gave a speech in which, in particular, she noted the important contribution of the communities of the Holy Land to the struggle against all forms of aggression and manifestations of religious intolerance within society.

His Beatitude Theophilus III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, spoke on behalf of Christians of the Holy Land and thanked the president of Israel and the minister for internal affairs for their prolific work in supporting the multicultural status of Jerusalem and the country as a whole. His Beatitude also emphasized the need for additional support from the state in opposing the ultra-right wing religious Jewish communities who violate the rights of Christians and who are trying the destroy the interreligious balance underpinned by the status quo.

The Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem had previously touched upon this topic at the recent solemn event with the heads and representatives of the Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities of Jerusalem, organized by the city mayor to celebrate the New Year. As His Beatitude remarked, at present no one is subject to such persecution in Jerusalem as Christians and called upon the authorities to pay special attention to the need of preserving the multireligious, multinational and multicultural character of the city. His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus pointed out that today, as before, the city of Jerusalem remained for representatives of the Abrahamic religions a symbol of peace among the great discord which has bestormed human society.

He also expressed his concern that the issue of the status of the three pilgrimage houses near the gates of Jaffa with regard to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem has not yet been resolved. As has previously been reported, the status of these buildings in the Christian quarter of the Jerusalem has been unjustly contested by radical Jewish public organizations. If these buildings were to be handed over to these radicals, then the ‘path of pilgrims’, which millions of Christians undertake annually to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, could be completely blocked.

Patriarch Theophilus expressed his desire that the time of hope and joy which the feast of Christ’s Nativity brings would become such for the whole world. In his greetings to those gathered at the reception the mayor Moshe Lion emphasized that the city of Jerusalem would adhere to the principles of freedom of religion and wished all the inhabitants of the Holy City peace and prosperity.

DECR Communication service

Share:
Patriarchal congratulation to Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the 20th anniversary of his episcopal ministry

14.01.2022

On the feast of the Nativity of Christ, the Primate of the Russian Church celebrated great vespers at the Church of Christ the Savioir

07.01.2022

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill: We will stand up for the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

07.01.2022

Christmas Message by Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia

06.01.2022

Burial takes place of archpriest Nikolai Gundyaev

02.01.2022

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill conducts a funeral service for Archpriest Nikolay Gundyaev

02.01.2022

The Holy Synod resolves to form a Patriarchal Exarchate of Africa

29.12.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia holds a phone conversation with His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of All America and Canada.

29.12.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presides over the last session of the Holy Synod in 2021

29.12.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill presides over joint session of the Hoy Synod and the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church

28.12.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated Pope Francis on his 85th birthday.

17.12.2021

Condolences of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill over the tragic consequences of a tornado in a number of US states

13.12.2021

Congratulations of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to O. Scholz on his election as Federal Chancellor of Germany

08.12.2021

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill sent a message to the former Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel

08.12.2021

Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates at the Church of Christ the Saviour on the commemoration day of St. Alexander Nevsky

06.12.2021

DECR chairman gives assessment to the first stage of the negotiations on security between representatives of the Russian Federation and the West

16.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: Orthodoxy is a traditional confession in Kazakhstan professed by several million people

16.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: the Church and traditional confessions have done everything possible to appease the situation in Kazakhstan

16.01.2022

On the day of the 20th anniversary of his episcopal consecration, DECR chairman celebrates Liturgy at the church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted in Moscow

14.01.2022

Patriarchal congratulation to Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the 20th anniversary of his episcopal ministry

14.01.2022

“The tasks before us are large and interesting,” Metropolitan Hilarion said about the work of the Scientific and Educational Theological Association

13.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: Churches will have to make non-standard decisions

12.01.2022

DECR chairman meets with Primate of the Armenian Catholic Church

10.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion presents a state award to the DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations

10.01.2022

On the feast of the Nativity of Christ, the Primate of the Russian Church celebrated great vespers at the Church of Christ the Savioir

07.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: Everything needs to be done to preserve Christian presence in the Holy Land

07.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Divine service on the feast of the Nativity of Christ

07.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: Every effort should be made to ensure that there is no war – either world, or local

03.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion recounts the formation of the Patriarchal Exarchate of Africa

03.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: We believe that the schism can be healed by the conciliar wisdom of the Church

02.01.2022

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has commanded us to love every human being

31.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: on the Feast of the Holy Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos we glorify the heavenly intercession of the Mother of God

14.10.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Many things in a person's life depend on faith

29.08.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Holy Spirit is the main treasure of the Christian soul

01.08.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: Holiness is a constant striving to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ

27.06.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: God does not want to condemn, but to save us

07.03.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord always grants to us the opportunity to display our talents

24.01.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: The Lord has imbued the waters of Jordan with his divine presence to wash away human sins

19.01.2021

Metropolitan Hilarion: to repent means to change your way of life

17.01.2021

On commemoration day of St. Catherine, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk officiated at the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr In-the-Fields  the representation of the Orthodox Church in America

07.12.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion: We can always show compassion for people

29.11.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates on commemoration day of St. Varlaam of Khutyn at the church of ‘Joy to All the Afflicted’ icon of the Mother of God

19.11.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion: We should remember that the life of each human being is in the hands of God

06.11.2020

Metropolitan Hilarion: For God there is nothing impossible

25.10.2020

Metropoplitan Hilarion: The cross which was an instrument of dishonourable execution becomes the symbol of salvation for millions of people

27.09.2020

Feedback

Fields marked by * are mandatory required

Send a message
Рус Укр Eng Deu Ελλ Fra Ita Бълг ქარ Срп Rom عرب