Archbishop Michel Sabbah, patriarch of Jerusalem, delivered his 2007 Christmas homily in Bethlehem. The Zenit news service headlined its edition of the homily with a quotation of the Patriarch: "Human History Is Full of Wars, But It Is Also Full of God." Grace, not war, is the power less heeded.
Archbishop Sabbah also described the "universal vocation of this [Holy Land]":
Any exclusivism that pushes the other party aside or imposes occupation or any other type of submission on it is not in keeping with the vocation of this land. This land of God cannot be for some a land of life and for others a land of death, exclusion, occupation, or political imprisonment. All those whom God, the Lord of history, has gathered here must be able to find in this land life, dignity and security.__________________________________________________
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