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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Welsh Church delegation visits Middle East
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 An eight-person delegation of Christians from the Churches in Wales sets off for the Middle East this week. The twelve-day visit will include conversations with Christian, Muslim and government leaders in Syria and Lebanon. The group will include Miss Jill Evans MEP who is a member of the European Parliament's delegation for relations with the Palestinian Legislative Council. In Lebanon the party will have conversations with His Holiness, Catholicos Aram 1 (former Moderator World Council of Churches central committee) and also visit the Sabra- Chatilla Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. In Syria they will meet His Excellency, President Bashar al Assad and also the Grand Mufti of Syria, Sheikh Ahmad Badruddin Hassoun. The general secretary of CYTN, the Revd Gethin Abraham- Williams will be invited to speak during Friday prayers at a mosque in Damascus. The visit from 15 to 26 March is at the invitation of the Middle East Council of Churches to CYTN, the National Council of Churches in Wales, which consists of Catholic, Protestant and Anglican Churches, with the Orthodox Church as an active observer. The aim of the visit is to learn more about the situations of Christianity and Islam in Lebanon and Syria and their implications for the wider region; to further friendship with the Middle East Council of Churches; and to encourage links between Wales and Syria and Lebanon. Source: CTBI
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