Bishop Pates visits Holy Land in hopes of encouraging peace

(CNA) Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace for the USCCB will be making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Part of his pilgrimage will include a meeting meant to help bishops from different continents understand more deeply the issues that face Christians in the Holy Land.  The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land couldn’t be happier.

“As I prepare to make a solidarity visit to the Middle East in support of the local Church caught in the midst of regional conflicts, I recall in a special way our Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi Christmas message in which he invoked the ‘Prince of Peace’ to lead people to give up their arms and ‘undertake the path of dialogue,’” Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines said in a Jan. 3 statement.