Magazine article Anglican Journal

Primate Heads to Jerusalem: Solidarity Visit Based on 2007 GS Resolution

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Primate Heads to Jerusalem: Solidarity Visit Based on 2007 GS Resolution

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The primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, was scheduled to make his first visit to the Middle East and to the Episcopal diocese of Jerusalem Aug. 22-29. The diocese extends over Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.

"The context for the trip ... is a resolution from General Synod in 2007 that the primate make a solidarity visit to the diocese of Jerusalem," said Archbishop Hiltz. At press time, the primate was scheduled to meet with the bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East, Suheil Dawani, and to tour the diocese's various projects and churches, including the Cathedral Church of St. George the Martyr. The diocese has 27 parishes that minister to various communities; it also runs hospitals, clinics, schools, institutions for the deaf, disabled and elderly, and inter-faith relations.

There was also a plan to visit Gaza "to see what life is like for Christians," said Archbishop Hiltz. Gaza is still recovering from an Israeli offensive last December and January, which killed 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, and displaced thousands of others.

The Anglican Church of Canada has a strong partnership with the Episcopal diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East. …

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