Nuncio praises FHL for its vital support for Holy Land Christians
His Excellency the Apostolic Nuncio in Great Britain, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, hosted a lunch on 11th June in support of the work of The Friends of The Holy Land (FHL).
The event, held at the Papal Nunciature in Wimbledon, was organised by John Scanlon KCSG, KGCHS on behalf of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, which supports the Latin Patriarchate in the Holy Land, and FHL, which focuses on grassroots support to Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan.
Among those attending this ecumenical occasion were Emeritus Archbishop Kevin McDonald and Bishop Christopher Chessun, Anglican Bishop of Southwark.
John Scanlon asked those attending to consider the lives of fellow Christians living in the Holy Land: “How would we feel if we came home one day to find our homes, our incomes and our capital had vanished or, as in the case of many Christian families, watched as our security slipped away over many years?
“This is the daily reality faced by fellow Christians living in the Holy Land. Many individual Knights of the Holy Sepulchre support Friends of The Holy Land, which brings relief directly to individual named Christian families in the region.”
Jim Quinn, chairman of FHL, has recently returned from a visit to the Holy Land and he updated attendees on current FHL projects in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Nablus.
He described the significant impact FHL funding was having on patients requiring treatment at hospitals such as St Luke’s in Nablus and families with house refurbishment programmes in and around Bethlehem.
These schemes not only ensure needy Christian families have access to adequate housing and healthcare, but also provide employment for hard-pressed Christians, who often find themselves cut out from the employment market.
Jim Quinn said: “Christians in the Holy Land often feel isolated and forgotten. Through our projects we encourage them to flourish in the land of their birth. We work in ecumenical partnership with Anglican and Catholic Churches over here and with Christians from many denominations in the Holy Land.
“Wherever I travelled in the last few days, the level of gratitude expressed for the support offered by FHL in the Holy Land was humbling, proving that we are able to make a real difference to people’s lives.”
For more information about the work of the Friends of The Holy Land or to make a donation visit their www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk
Photo: Dr David Smith KHS, His Excellency The Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Mennini and Jim Quinn, chairman of ‘The Friends of The Holy Land‘Tags: Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini, Christians, Great Britain, The Friends of The Holy Land