The Third Biannual Simposium
The third biannual "simposium" between the Mononteistic religions (Jews, Christians and Muslims) sponsored by the "Studium Biblicum Franciscanum", the Franciscan Custody of the holy Land, took place between the 17-18 of February at Notre Dame Center, in Jerusalem. The Theme was " Jerusalem house of prayer for all peoples" Isaiah 56:7. At the "simposium a big number of Jewish, Christian and Muslim experts participated.
One of the main things discussed was the "Arab Christian littreture and heritage" centered on Jerusalem. This Arab Christian Patrimony was for a long time forgotten. It is the thrid Christian heritage after the Greek and the Latin ones.
Professor Wad'i Abuliff, ofm, form the Egyptian Center of Oriental Studies in Cairo, Egypt, spoke about the Coptic and Syriac Christian Heritage.
Professor Geries Khoury, director of the Cultural Center "Al-Liqa" of Jerusalem spoke about the contemporian lettreture.
Bishop Giacinto Marcuzzo, Patriachal Latin Vicar of Nazareth spoke about three Medieval Arab Christian authers that spoke about Jerusalem: Ibrahim Al-Tabarani (IX Century); Sleiman Al-Gazzi, born in Jerusalem, bishop of Gaza (X-XII Century) ; and Boutros Natas Beitrasi, deacon of Capitolias, in old Palestine (XII Century).
At the end of the two studies days,
Professor Frederic Manns, ofm, rector of the "Studium Biblicum" of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land called for the three relgions: Jews, Christians and Muslims of Jerusalem to be "life stones" to build a spiritual life of love and cooperation in the Temple of God, the Holy City, Jerusalem that refuses violence and any exclusive domination and build commun prayers and love for a just peace.
The Semposium terminated with a prayer for Jerusalem taken from Professor Abuliff discourse about the Sirian Metropolitain Gregory Bar Ebreo (1226-1286).