Statement by Ireland’s four Catholic archbishops on the conflict in the Holy Land

11 Oct 2023

  • Irish archbishops: We urge a cessation of violence in the Holy Land, respect of civilian populations and release of hostages

“Over the past days we have watched with shock and dismay the events that have unfolded in the land of the birth of Our Lord.  

“The ongoing situation has caused great suffering to many innocent people on all sides in the present conflict.  The loss of innocent lives together with the large numbers of innocent people injured in the Holy Land is a great affront to a lasting peace.  Unfortunately, the present crisis does not augur well for the immediate future as many more may endure destruction and death.

“We re-echo the words of Pope Francis when he said at last Sunday’s audience in Saint Peter’s Square, Rome:
‘May the attacks and weaponry cease. Please! And let it be understood that terrorism and war do not lead to any resolutions, but only to the death and suffering of so many innocent people.’ 

“We, who love the Holy Land as the 5th Gospel, urge all people of goodwill to work towards a cessation of violence, ensuring that civilian populations be respected and that all hostages are released without harm. 

“We join with Pope Francis, and the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Cardinal Pizzaballa, in calling for prayers for peace, and praying for the families and individuals suffering through these events at this time.

‘Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace; teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts and give us the courage to say: ‘Never again war!’ Amen.’

“Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us.”

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh
Archbishop Dermot Farrell, Archbishop of Dublin
Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly
Archbishop Francis Duffy, Archbishop of Tuam