Statement by JCMA President – Bishop Philip Huggins

Media Release

JerusalemWe are uplifted by the images of prayer and reconciliation accompanying Pope Francis’ journey to Israel and Palestine. We, Jewish, Christian and Muslims of Australia, add our prayers for “the peace of Jerusalem”. We are grateful for each step towards reconciliation. There is still a long way to go but these images renew our hope. We persist because reconciliation releases enormous and wonderful energy – creative, imaginative, generous energy. We know from our own families and communities that when people are genuinely reconciled there is fresh enthusiasm for life and much greater appreciation for the gift of life from our Creator. We imagine, with the religious leaders pictured, what hope there would be in the whole human family if there was genuine reconciliation and peace in Jerusalem. Media Contact: Bishop Philip Huggins 0418 799 515