In 1998, the Vatican asked the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales to organise an annual meeting in the Holy Land where Catholic Bishops from around the world can gather to stand in solidarity with the Christian communities there and the peoples of the lands of Christ's life and ministry.

It's called the Holy Land Co-ordination.

As well as meeting political and religious leaders the delegation is invited to share in the pastoral life of the local Church as it experiences extreme political and social-economic pressure.

In this extended discussion, the Bishop who led the delegation in 2014, Bishop Declan Lang, is in conversation with our consultant on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, Dr Harry Hagopian.

Bishop Declan Lang is Chair of the Department for International Affairs at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales.

catholicnews.org.uk

Produced by James Abbott
Photography by Marcin Mazur

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