Jerusalem, Israel, Aug 13, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite the stresses of alternating violence and ceasefires between Hamas and Israel, Franciscans in the Holy Land are committed to helping the region’s Christians remain in their homeland.
“We pray and we work,” said Father Peter Vasko, O.F.M., president of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land. “That’s how we will help preserve the Christian presence in the Holy Land. That’s our goal.”
Since 1994, the foundation has run humanitarian programs in education, child care, housing and employment to help Christians remain in the Holy Land despite pressures like discrimination and violence that encourage them to leave.
I saw Fr Vasko on Mother Angelica Live, back when she was still hosting the show.
It was through him that I became aware of the oppression Christians in the Holy Land have endured from the Israeli Government.
I always knew they were threatened by Islamic Extremists, but I thought the Israeli government protected them.
It was an eye opener.