Bishop Cullinan: “targeting a religious institution and vulnerable members of society is a grave violation of human rights”

18 Dec 2023

Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan (pictured) has expressed his deep concern, and solidarity with the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, following the rocket attack on 16 December by Israeli Defence Forces on a convent of nuns and disabled residents in Gaza.  This resulted in the displacement of 54 residents and the evacuation of the religious house of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Saint Mother Teresa.
Bishop Cullinan said, “The targeting of a religious institution and vulnerable members of society is a grave violation of human rights and goes against the principles of compassion and respect for all life.  For peace to take hold, the sanctity of all human life must be upheld throughout the Holy Land.  I offer my heartfelt prayers for an end to the conflict and I extend my support to the Patriarch, the Missionaries of Charity, and to all affected by this attack.”
Bishop Cullinan continued, “I am calling for an immediate end to the needless bloodshed in Gaza, as this slaughter is claiming innocent lives and causing immense suffering to local residents.
“As a community rooted in faith and compassion, I am asking all people of goodwill to join in solidarity with the victims of this senseless violence.  It is imperative that concerted efforts are made to address the underlying causes of this conflict and work towards establishing sustainable peace in the region.”
Bishop Cullinan concluded, “the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore stands in unity with those who advocate for justice, peace, and reconciliation in Gaza.  As we approach Christmas Day, the celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace and our Saviour coming amongst us, I wish to reaffirm our commitment to promoting understanding, empathy, and dialogue as essential components in building a harmonious society where all individuals can live free from fear and oppression.”

Notes for Editors
  • Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan is Bishop of Waterford and Lismore