Members of the USCCB's 2014 peace pilgrimage to the Holy Land celebrate mass and meet with parishioners of St. Justin's Latin Church in Nablus. The Christian population in Nablus is small, but parish priest Fr. Johnny Abu Khalil calls it a "community of hope" and prays for a peaceful resolution to conflict.
The bishops visited Jacob's Well in Nablus, which is located in the crypt of a modern Greek Orthodox church. They offered a prayer for peace at the well and drank water from the well. It is thought to be the place where Jesus met the Samaritan woman.
The USCCB and Catholic Relief Services led a peace pilgrimage with 18 bishops from across the country to the Holy Land from September 11-18, 2014. These bishops will follow in the footsteps of Jesus by 2,000 years, follow in the footsteps of Pope Francis, who visited the Holy Land in June, and follow the devastation of the war in the Holy Land by only days. Their message: Prayer is powerful; peace is possible.
Photo by Jennifer Hardy for Catholic Relief Services