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.
Christians in the Holy Land Conference
Christians 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.