Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

9/2/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Father Jorge Hernandez had special meeting with Pope

Father Jorge Hernandez, the Gaza Strip's sole Catholic parish met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking him for his support of those suffering in the war-torn territory. Speaking to Vatican Radio, the 36-year-old priest says that the Pope continued to offer his prayers and encouragement.

Father Hernandez and three Missionaries of Charity were the only religious left at Holy Family Church during a 50-day battle between Israeli forces and Hamas militants.

Father Hernandez and three Missionaries of Charity were the only religious left at Holy Family Church during a 50-day battle between Israeli forces and Hamas militants.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/2/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Gaza, Father Hernandez, Pope Francis, Catholic minority


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hernandez said that the Pope told him that "the Gospel demands the sacrifices that Jesus Christ asks of every one of us, everywhere. It's up to you to give witness to Jesus Christ there, in the land that saw him suffer, that saw him die, that also saw him, however, come back from the dead. So, be strong, have courage, keep going!"
 
Like the Pope, Father Hernandez is likewise from Argentina. He had a 45-minute private meeting with the Pope Francis on August 29, just days after the start of a truce between Israel and Hamas.

SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide --

Father Hernandez and three Missionaries of Charity were the only religious left at Holy Family Church during a 50-day battle between Israeli forces and Hamas militants.

The priest and three religious women elected to stay behind in the midst of the heaviest rocket fire in order to care for 29 severely disabled children and nine elderly women. The four of them later opened up the parish school to shelter some 1,200 Palestinians who fled their homes during the airstrikes.

Father Hernandez told Vatican Radio how important Francis's support was during the ordeal.

"He even sent us an email that we immediately translated into Arabic, and that's how it was given to the whole Christian community, which was enormously grateful," the priest said.

"A thought like that at such a time is a huge consolation, a relief - and now the fact that he called us for a personal meeting with him, to let us understand, to feel his closeness, his words, his encouragement to be the salt of the earth in Gaza."

Hernandez says that the Pope is aware of "the life lived in pain" by the small Catholic minority in Gaza. There are only 136 Catholics out of two million, mostly Muslim, inhabitants. Another 1,300 people are part of the Christian Orthodox traditions.

The fact that the Pope "won over people's hearts, put in a good word for both states was an enormous grace for us."

Hernandez thanked everyone for their prayers and for all the notes, calls and concrete assistance, especially from Caritas Internationalis.

He said he hoped the ceasefire would hold and last "forever . All you have to do is see the suffering on both sides," he said, because all sides "will have to pay the consequences" of conflict in different ways.

"Nobody wins with war," he said. "Nobody comes out ahead. Everybody loses.

"Let's hope that God grants us the strength needed to start all over again."

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for DECEMBER 2016
Universal:
End to Child-Soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization: Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.



Comments


More Middle East

Mayor of Jerusalem petitions President Trump to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv Watch

Image of The Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat has called on Trump to move the U.S. embassy to his city from Tel Aviv.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The mayor of Jerusalem has praised Donald Trump while criticizing President Obama in a video. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- The mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, has launched an online campaign to encourage Israelites to sign a letter asking President Trump to ... continue reading


ISIS tells a woman to spit on the cross at gunpoint - what would you do? Watch

Image of What would you do if threatened with death?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Would you spit on the cross if a weapon were held to your head? This was the choice offered to one Iraqi woman threatened by ISIS terrorists. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - As more territory is reclaimed from ISIS hands, stories of their atrocities are ... continue reading


American Taliban hostage desperately begs Trump administration for help in heartbreaking video Watch

Image of Timothy Weekes (of Australia) begs for help from the American Government (YouTube screenshot).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A heartbreaking video was released on YouTube, revealing two hostages' desperation to escape their fates. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "My name is Timothy John Weekes. My father's name is Mervin Dawson Weekes. My mother's name is Mary Jane Weekes. I am a teacher ... continue reading


ISIS copycat recreates Berlin Christmas Market Massacre - 4 dead SOLDIERS and 16 injured Watch

Image of Four people were slaughtered when the truck hit them (EPA).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An East Jerusalem terrorist attempted to recreate the Christmas Market Massacre by attacking a bus of soldiers with a truck. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Times of Israel, several young soldiers were standing beside a bus at a popular tourist ... continue reading


Christians too afraid to attend Mass in Turkey after terrorist attacks Watch

Image of Turkey ups its security at churches but patrons are still too afraid to attend.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Bishop Ruben Tierrablanca Gonzalez, an apostolic vicar of Istanbul, shared the fear rippling among Turkey's Catholics. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Ongoing attacks aimed at churches in Turkey have led to an increase in government protection, but after several ... continue reading


Latest ISIS video reveals new horrors as one captive is drowned in a fish tank Watch

Image of New ISIS video reveals new horrors.

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In their latest desperate attempt to strike fear into their enemies, ISIS released a propaganda film featuring new tortures. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The disgusting video, titled "The Convoy of Light," was released by the terrorist group an a desperate ... continue reading


Islamic State takes responsibility for MURDEROUS ATTACK on 600 innocent people celebrating New Year's

Image of People were pictured celebrating moments before the gunman opened fire.

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A gunman opened fire on an Istanbul nightclub holding 600 innocent people early New Year's day. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One-hundred-and-eighty bullets rained out of the gunman's AK-47 in just under seven minutes. Thirty-nine people were murdered, and 70 ... continue reading


Cubs of the Caliphate filmed hunting down and killing bound prisoners (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Watch

Image of Child soldiers are first brainwashed then trained to kill without remorse.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In a disgusting and heartbreaking new video titled "My Father Told Me," boys brainwashed then trained by the terrorist group ISIS are seen hunting down and killing bound prisoners. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The gruesome 34-minute video reveals life as a Cub ... continue reading


Have we forgotten about Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil? Abducted priest makes impassioned plea to Pope Francis -- JOIN US IN PRAYER for his release! Watch

Image of Fr. Tom appears in the video, looking a bit older and more worn as a result of his captivity.

By Marshall Connolly, (California Network)

A video featuring Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil has been released following Christmas, and in it the priest appeals directly to Pope Francis for his life. Have we forgotten about Fr. Tom? LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- A video with Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil has been released by ... continue reading


ISIS militants chain soldiers and walk them like dogs to their deaths in latest repulsive video WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Watch

Image of The soldiers were walked like dogs to their execution site.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In a disgusting video titled "The Cross Shield," two Turkish Army soldiers are treated like animals before their brutal murders. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - <i>Editor's Note: The contents of the following link are of a graphic nature. Please click ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 8:23--9:3
23 For is not everything dark as night for a country in distress? As the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14
1 [Of David] Yahweh is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear? ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 4:12-23
12 Hearing that John had been arrested he withdrew to ... Read More

Reading 2, First Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
10 Brothers, I urge you, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, not to ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 22nd, 2017 Image

St. Vincent Pallotti
January 22: St. Vincent Pallotti, Priest (Feast - January 22) ... Read More