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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Archbishop Patrick Kelly on death of President Arafat
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¬†The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool and Vice-president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, issued the following statement today on the death of Yasser Arafat: "During each official visit I have made to the Holy Land, it was important to meet with both the President of Israel and the President of Palestine. "On hearing of the death of President Arafat, my first instinct is to pray that at the end of a life touched by conflict and anxiety Yasser Arafat will know that peace ≠ salaam ≠ which only the Lord God can give. "It is also right and fitting to pray that a successor will be found able to pursue the paths of justice, reconciliation and peace." Archbishop Kelly met President Arafat on several occasions during visits to the Holy Land with an international delegation of Roman Catholic Bishops. The last occasion was in January 2004. Source: CCS
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