Papal Nuncio Lunch 2018
His Excellency, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, hosted a lunch on Saturday 29th September to further the work of ‘The Friends of The Holy Land’. This event, held at the Papal Nunciature in Wimbledon, was organised by John Scanlon KCSG, KGCHS on behalf of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, which supports the Latin Patriarchate in the Holy Land, and FHL which focuses on grass roots support to Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan.
This was the third, and largest such event, in six years. The lunch provided an opportunity for both charities to share information about their work with the 50 specially invited guests. Among those present were the Lieutenant of the Knights in England and Wales, HE Michael Byrne, and Jim Quinn, Chairman of FHL’s Trustees. .
The ecumenical nature of the day was underlined with the announcement by Jim that the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby, had confirmed his continued patronage of FHL. The Papal Nuncio expressed appreciation of the valuable work undertaken by FHL and the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre to support the Christian population in the Holy Land.
Christians in the Holy Land often feel isolated and forgotten. Through our projects we encourage them to remain in the land of their birth. We work in ecumenical partnership with Anglican and Catholic Churches over here, and with Christians from many denominations in the Holy Land...
...Whenever I travel in the Holy Land the level of gratitude expressed for the support offered by FHL is humbling, proving that we are able to make a real difference to people’s lives. Our work in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan ensure vulnerable Christian families have access to adequate housing and health care, and help provide employment for hard pressed Christians.”