The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Westminster talk about the International Conference on Christians in the Holy Land, held at Lambeth Palace, Monday 18 - Tuesday 19 July 2011.

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Christians in the Holy LandChristians in the Holy Land is a conference jointly hosted by the Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace on 18 - 19 July 2011.

"The rate of emigration from Christian populations in the Holy Land has been growing steadily for a long time" said the Archbishop of Canterbury in the video. "People are leaving, Christians are leaving, and we want to say that the Christian presence in the Holy Land is important to its balance...not just its historical reality, but to its present and future viability" said Archbishop Vincent Nichols.

"I want to say to Christians in the Holy Land that we treasure enormously their presence and witness. A witness which has gone on throughout Christian history...often in conditions of great trial and stress...Christians in the West...need to be aware that the Christians of the Holy Land are an intrinsic part of our Christian family" said Archbishop Rowan Williams.

They explain the purpose behind holding the conference in the video you can see on this page. To read a transcript of the video click here.

Listen to the conference proceedings

Day 1 - Monday 18th July


Opening presentation by Archbishop Rowan Williams


Introduction by Archbishop Vincent Nichols


Christian Communities in the Holy Land - His Beatitude Patriach Fouad Twal


Christians in the Holy Land - Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani


Christian voices from the Holy Land, Samer Maklouf


Christian voices from the Holy Land, Zoughbi Zoughbi


Other Perspectives, Hana Bendcowsky, Jerusalem Centre, Christian Jewish Relations


Other Perspectives, Lubna Alzaroo, Bethlehem University


Other Perspectives, Rabbi Daniel Sperber

Day 2 - Tuesday 19th July


Address by Lord Howell, Minister of State at the Foreign Office


Address by Cardinal Tauran, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue


Address by John Dalli, EU Commissioner


Press Conference - The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Westminster reflect on the Christians in the Holy Land Conference.

Download the conference speeches and texts

Prince Hassan of Jordan's letter to the Archbishops

Patriarch Twal's address to the Christians in the Holy Land Conference

Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani's speech to the Christians in the Holy Land Conference

Cardinal Tauran's address to the Christians in the Holy Land Conference