We join the Catholic Church in the Holy Land to deplore "yet another explosion of hatred and violence, which is once again staining the Holy Land with blood" in these days. The Presidency of the CCEE wants to witness the closeness of the European Church and welcomes the invitation of the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, H.E. Mons. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, for a time of prayer for peace in the Holy Land.
Therefore the Presidency of CCEE, to express with conviction that peace and human life are undeniable goods and above all national and international interests, invites the communities and individuals, in Europe, too, to join the prayer of the Church of Jerusalem, through a time of meditation and prayer for peace and the defense of life at any cost, on Saturday, May 19, the eve of Pentecost.
H. Em Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa and President of CCEE
H. Em Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and CCEE Vice-President
H.E. Mgr Stanisław Gądecki, Archbishop of Poznań and Vice-President of CCEE