Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem and the Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, attended a meeting in Haifa during which Israeli President Isaac Herzog reaffirmed his commitment to defend freedom of religion and worship in Israel.
According to vaticannews.va, many members of the Christian community in Haifa have taken to the streets to protest the recent intrusions of Jewish radical groups into Christian holy places, especially the Stella Maris monastery. In the wake of these and other incidents involving violence against Christians, the President of Israel, Mr Isaac Herzog’s visit to the Carmelite Monastery of Stella Maris in Haifa was significant.
The visit, which took place on August 9, was private in nature, with President Herzog accompanied by his wife and a small delegation of officials, as reported in vaticannews.va.
On this occasion, Israeli President Isaac Herzog made a post on Twitter saying:
“I was honored to be joined today, by leaders of Christian communities in the Holy Land, as I visited Haifa’s Stella Maris Monastery to support the Christian community and its members. Israel is committed to ensuring the safety and freedom of worship for all.
See Israeli President Isaac Herzog;s post on Twitter below: