Latest updates on the parish and parishioners in Gaza through a phone conversation on Wednesday, October 11th, 2023, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Gabriel Romanelli, the parish priest of the Holy Family parish of Gaza and the Latin Patriarchate.

Fr Gabriel was visiting Bethlehem when Hamas attacked Israel on Saturday 7th October, he remains stranded there, unable to return to his parish.

Fr Gabriel spoke to the Latin Patriarchate to let them know the current situation. He said:

"I was informed that four of our Christian families have lost their homes, destroyed by the war. They are currently staying in the church building.

There are currently more than 150 individuals staying in the church and monastery building.

We do not have enough water, so we are using it wisely and mostly just for drinking. As everyone knows and sees through the news, due to the destruction and devastations left by the war, there are barely any supplies left, and they are mostly non-existent. Hence, we are not able to buy anything or meet the needs of the people."

To read the full conversation, click here