Pilgrimage from the Diocese of Meath to the Holy Land
A group of pilgrims from the Diocese of Meath took part in a visit to the Holy Land on 27 October – 3 November 2014, led by Fr Gerry MacCormack and Sr Consilio Rock.
The seven day pilgrimage began in Jerusalem with visits to all of the main sites including the Via Dolorosa, the Holy Sepulchre, Mount Zion and the Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem.
The group also visited Bethlehem and Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
On route to Tiberias, the pilgrims prayed at Emmaus and later made their way to Nazareth, Cana, the Mount of Beatitudes, Mount Tabor and Capernaum.
The pilgrims were joined by Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, the Pope’s Representative to Israel and Palestine, who celebrated Mass for the group at the Dominus Flevit Church on the Mount of Olives opposite the walls of the old city of Jerusalem. This Church recalls the scene in the Gospel of St Luke, which records the tears of Jesus while He walked toward the city of Jerusalem.
Featured in the photograph are Archbishop Lazzarotto with Fr Gerry MacCormack (Kingscourt), Fr Patrick Donnelly (Collinstown) and Fr Gerry Stuart (Ratoath). Also present were Fr Dwayne Gavin, who joined the pilgrimage from Paris where he is undertaking Biblical studies and Fr Jack Sherlock, originally from Navan who serves as Administrator of the Cathedral in Wichita, Kansas.
As a mark of the growing relations between the Catholic Church and the Jewish community in Israel, Pope Francis received an audience at the Vatican this week from Bar Ilan University to accept the Israeli university’s highest honour and award of distinction. A spokesperson from the Israeli university said they honoured the Pope for “his contribution to understanding and tolerance between Christians and Jews and the warmth he has extended toward the Jewish nation, particularly during his official visit to Israel.” Pope Francis visited the Holy Land for the first time in May and he called for peace in the region. Since then, the Pope has been a voice of reason and worked to create peace in the Middle East.