ASIA/HOLY LAND – Father Romanelli: we ask for help from Saint Porphyry, Bishop of Gaza, where the streets have become cemeteries

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ASIA/HOLY LAND – Father Romanelli: we ask for assist from Saint Porphyry, Bishop of Gaza, the place the streets have grow to be cemeteries

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Gaza (Agenzia Fides) – “Right now, in Jerusalem, I celebrated Mass within the liturgical reminiscence of Saint Porphyry, Bishop of Gaza, along with different monks. We prayed and requested him for all of the inhabitants of Gaza and the Strip, the place he was Bishop and obtained many graces from the Lord”. That is how Father Romanelli, parish priest of the Latin Church of Gaza, devoted to the Holy Household, studies to Fides, of the prayers and supplications with which the Christians of Gaza ask for the intercession and assist of their mates in Heaven, on the time of tribulation that they’re experiencing along with all of the inhabitants of the Strip. Saint Porphyry, born in Thessalonica – recollects Father Gabriel – had arrived in Gaza on the finish of a journey linked to the Holy Land. He had lived for 5 years within the Jordan Valley as a penitent monk and hermit. He then continued his journey to Jerusalem, the place he had additionally been entrusted with the custody of the Holy Relics. Lastly, he turned Bishop of Gaza, “the place he carried out an important work of procaliming the Gospel”. Christians had been current in Gaza for the reason that first unfold of Christianity. Their presence preserved the reminiscence of the passage of the Holy Household fleeing in the direction of Egypt. Porphyry died on February 26, 420, precisely 1604 years in the past. A part of his relics are within the Greek Orthodox church in Gaza, affected by the bombings. “The Holy Bishop,” provides the Argentine priest, member of the Institute of the Incarnate Phrase, “can be the patron of our non secular group in Gaza. The chapel contained in the rectory is devoted to his title.” Father Gabriel, who was in Europe at first of October, was unable to return to Gaza after the beginning of the battle, however he’s in day by day contact together with his parishioners and follows their sufferings. “Nearly all of the Christian group within the Gaza Strip,” he explains to Fides “continues to take refuge within the Catholic church of the Holy Household, within the Zeitoun neighborhood, a number of hundred meters from the Orthodox church which homes the relics of Saint Porphyry. Some Christian households are within the south of the Strip. They’re individuals of nice religion. They hope and invoke that this By way of Crucis, this Calvary of all residents ends, with the liberation of all those that are disadvantaged of freedom, on one aspect and on the opposite, and that the wounded, tens of 1000’s, greater than 69 thousand, are healed, and the lifeless are buried and their households can cry over their graves.”
The streets of Gaza have grow to be cemeteries: “As quickly as there’s a piece of sandy land accessible,” says Father Romanelli, “the lifeless are buried there.” Gaza has greater than 29 thousand victims, amongst whom a minimum of 12 thousand are youngsters. Along with about 7 thousand lacking. “We – provides the priest – proceed to wish, invoking that the worldwide group, all authorities and all rulers do the whole lot attainable to cease this bloodbath. That this battle that harms everybody, each Israel and Palestine, doesn’t proceed. Allow us to additionally pray that Porphyry, together with his intercession, restores a breath of justice and peace to this piece of the Holy Land that’s the Gaza Strip”. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 26/2/2024)



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