Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ I send very warm greetings from Cape Town to you all. Deutscher Evangelischer Kirchentag is a special organization that occupies a special place in this old man’s heart. It has played an exemplary and prophetic role in gently nudging modern Germany, with its powerful economy, towards using its power actively and compassionately for justice.
As Palestinian Christians we hope that this document will provide the turning point to focus the efforts of all peace-loving peoples in the world, especially our Christian sisters and brothers. We hope also that it will be welcomed positively and will receive strong support, as was the South Africa Kairos document launched in 1985, which, at that time proved to be a tool in the struggle against oppression and occupation. We believe that liberation from occupation is in the interest of all peoples in the region because the problem is not just a political one, but one in which human beings are destroyed.
We, members of the Kairos Palestine Movement, write from Palestine to express our thanks and appreciation for your solidarity, and the solidarity of all South Africans, with our people, with our struggle, with our quest for liberation and freedom. We follow all solidarity initiatives conducted by our sisters and brothers in South Africa with great admiration and inspiration.
The mayor of the West Bank town of Bethlehem is hoping Pope Francis will help her prevent Israel from extending its security barrier near her city.
Vera Baboun says she plans to ask Pope Francis to intervene in a dispute over Israel's plans to build the fence through the Cremisan Valley, at the site of a convent school, according to Catholic World News.