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Franciscan convent on Mount Zion desecrated, ACOHL dismayed

JERUSALEM – The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land is distressed at the discovery of graffiti in Hebrew on the gate of the Franciscan Convent (Ad Caenaculum) on Mount Zion in Jerusalem.  The convent is adjacent to the Cenacle complex. 

The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land posted on its website (custodia.org) the painful discovery this morning, October 2, 2012, with a one-line announcement prefaced by “ONCE AGAIN….” This is reminiscent of the graffiti sprayed in the Abbey of Latroun one month ago.  Jesus is once again profaned and signed “price tag,” a characteristic mark of Israeli extremists.

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (ACOHL) expresses consternation at such acts.  The Assembly conveys its full fraternal support and prayer to the Franciscans and the Christian community in the Holy Land.

Once again, the Assembly expresses grave concern about the education of the young in some schools where contempt and intolerance are taught.  The ACOHL is hoping that the Israeli authorities find and apprehend the perpetrators – the “price tag” group and bring them before the courts of law.   More than anything, the Assembly again asks, that radical changes be made in the educational system, otherwise the same causes will produce the same effects over and over.

This act of violence is one of several expressions of prejudice against Christians in the Holy Land and throughout the world.