“The Holy Land is Sacred for everyone”

Exhibit of Pope’s Israeli visit

“And I call upon you now to come and visit Israel, come and visit Jerusalem, the city of David.” These were the words of the Consul General of the State of Israel Mr Sagi Karni on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the “Photography Exhibition of Pope Francis in Israel: We are all brothers and sisters” on 10 February 2015 (Tuesday) at St. Dominic’s Church, Macau.

The affair was also graced by the presence of the Bishop of Macau, Bishop José Lai Hung-seng; Dr Alexis Tam Chon-weng, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture; and Mr Daniel Fung, director of government protocol.

The exhibit was meant to commemorate the visit of Pope Francis to Israel on May 25 and 25 last year. He thus became the fourth Pope to come to the Holy Land. The Consul General said that his visit marked the 50th anniversary of the historic visit of Pope Paul VI and the the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Holy See.

Consul General of the State of Israel Mr Sagi Karni explaining the photo exhibits  to Bishope José Lai and  Dr Alexis Tam Chon-weng, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture
Consul General of the State of Israel Mr Sagi Karni explaining the photo exhibits to Bishope José Lai and Dr Alexis Tam Chon-weng, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture

Pope Francis visited sites sacred to the Jews and also to Christians: the Western Wall, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Mount Herzl. He went to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Church of Gethsemane and the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion.

During the visit, the Pope met with then Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s Chief Rabbis.

The exhibit was co-organized with Shalom Multimedia Creations, led by their Deputy Director Mr. Francisco Lio, with the cooperation of O Clarim, the church of Sao Domingos and Macau Diocesan Social Communications Centre.

In a separate interview, the Consul General also remarked that Macau is an example of how different cultures and beliefs can coexist peacefully and harmoniously.

 

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