Conflict caused by colonisation and military occupation

In a joint statement issued alongside the Anglican and Lutheran Bishops Emeritus of Jerusalem, Catholic Archbishop Michel Sabbah, the Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, has reminded Catholics that “the Israeli military occupation and colonization of Palestine is the root cause of the on-going conflict.”

The Zionist colonisation of Palestine, the murderous terrorist campaigns carried out by Jewish settlers to achieve their aims, and the military occupation of Palestine by the Zionist State has been consistently opposed and condemned by the Catholic Church for spiritual, moral, theological, and practical reasons.

In 1904 the founder of the Zionist movement, Theodor Herzl, was received in audience by Pope Saint Pius X. The holy pope told Herzl in no uncertain terms that the Christian Church could only oppose the Zionist movement and the colonisation of Palestine by European Jews.

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