Patriarch Pizzaballa sends prayers to ‘my dear ones in Gaza’
By Devin Watkins
“Beloved sons and daughters in Gaza” began the video message sent on Wednesday by the Cardinal Patriarch of Jerusalem.
He acknowledged that he is sending his message amid “hard times”.
Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa expressed his hopes that he would soon be able to join them “like every year to meet, pray, and exchange testimonies with you.”
“What we are living now is very touching,” he said, “touching my heart, me personally and all of our community.”
Enduring terrible situation
The Patriarch said he feels encouraged by the testimony of the way people in Gaza are “living this terrible situation”.
He invited Christians in Gaza to recall Jesus’ words in the Gospels: “Do not be afraid of those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul.”
“I am with you,” he added. “Your suffering and pain are my concern, and I dedicate all my time to prayer first of all but also to dialogue with all [leaders] in order to put an end to this situation as soon as possible and to support you as much as we can.”
Patriarch Pizzaballa reminded the people of Gaza that they are not alone in these difficult times.
“All the Christian community in the Holy Land, not only there but all over the world, are praying for you and supporting you,” he said.
He recalled the 18 “brothers and sisters” who were killed last week at St. Porphyrios Greek Orthodox Church in Gaza, saying they are in heaven interceding for people in Gaza.
The Cardinal Patriarch encouraged them not to lose heart but to remember that the Lord is with them.
“And one day we—I’m sure—will enjoy [being] together once again in Gaza.”
Patriarch Pizzaballa concluded his video message by extending his blessing upon all Christians in Gaza.