JERUSALEM, MARCH 18, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The relics
of St. Thérèse of Lisieux arrived Monday in the Holy Land
for a two-month visit, continuing a worldwide tour
The relics were
displayed Wednesday for one day in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem,
before being moved to the Basilica of the Annunciation in
The reliquary will be brought to various Christian
communities in Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the Gaza Strip, in
this way building "a bridge of peace," said Auxiliary Bishop William
Shomali of Jerusalem.
The prelate affirmed, "On the Church level,
it´s very important."
He continued: "Part of our faith is that
saints have intercession -- mediation between us and God.
done by praying to them, honoring them but first and foremost imitating
The bishop underlined in particular the example of St.
Thérèse, "how she loved the Lord and practiced
He said, "Her intercession is very strong, and will
help us in praying for peace."
The reliquary will be in the Holy
Land until May 31, at which point it will be brought to Spain.
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