Acts of vandalism at the cemetery of the Salesian Monastery of Beit Jamal

Posted on Oct 19, 2018

Christian Media CenterNew acts of vandalism against the local Christian community. 28 graves in the Salesian cemetery of the monastery of Beit Jamal have been destroyed, a few kilometers from Jerusalem.

An episode that takes place just 2 years after a similar act of vandalism, that hit the same cemetery and a year after the desecration of the church of the same monastery.

H.E. Mons. GIACINTO BOULOS MARCUZZO
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine
This act of vandalism that took place in the cemetery of Beit Jamal is an offense to the Salesian community, to the whole local Christian community and also an offense to God, because death and life are linked to God. It is an offense to God because the cemetery is sacred.

Fr. ANTONIO SCUDU, sdb
Caretaker of the church of St. Stephen
What should our reaction be? That of Jesus. Jesus said Father forgives them because they do not know what they are doing. And we also say forgive them because they do not know what they are doing, but we are here, as Christians, as consecrated people, and we want to stay there, even if perhaps, we experience a little discomfort.

The press release issued by the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries condemns the incident.
“We ask the state” – says the statement – “to take action so that the attackers do not commit more similar crimes and we pray to the Almighty that the attacks stop, hoping that all people, especially in our Holy Land, learn to coexist with each other in love “.

H.E. Mons. GIACINTO BOULOS MARCUZZO
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine
We must accept each other with much love and much faith, because we are all children of God, and we want to be friends in God’s great family.