Franciscan March in the Holy Land

Leaving home and occupation, they walked together for three days along the roads of the Holy Land … seeking the source of life.

The Springs of Life was, in fact, the theme of the Franciscan March in this August of 2011, in which a hundred young Arab Christians participated. "We try to help these young people discover the true value of life," says Friar Badie, "and the Franciscan March offers them an opportunity to be closer to God – to be at at the Source of Life, amidst the bustle of today, with its myths and false concepts, especially here in the Holy Land with its added difficulties and uncertainties." The participants came from Israel as well as from Ramallah, Jericho, Bethlehem and Beit Jala in the Palestinian Territories, where it is not easy to obtain permission to cross into Israel. Indeed was thei first opportunity travel to the north of the Holy Land. I am Meri from Bethlehem … We like to take part in the Franciscan March each year — it’s not always permitted, but when it is, we are very happy. In this way we can get to know other Christians in the Holy Land. We scarcely noticed the fatigue of all those hours of walking, encouraging each other to live the joy that Jesus gives. Walking with him is a kind of retreat in which we learn more about ourselves as well as Him. And we get to see the Holy Places. They come from more than twenty parishes in the Holy Land, and are Catholic and Orthodox Christians of all rites. Some even live abroad, and return each year [..] …[..] 

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