In early January, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick insisted on going to Gaza on the very day that President George Bush was visiting President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. The situation is always a bit tense when such visits happen, but the Cardinal wanted to go and check in with a local Gaza parish and the projects CRS runs with young people, Christian and Muslim. We met with twenty young people, university students of both sexes, and their message was sad despite their smiles and their thankfulness for our visit. "We have very little hope for change right now," said one young man. "All I really have hope for today is that I'll have electricity when I go home from our meeting, so my mother can have light to cook by and we will have heat at night." Young people need the capacity to hope for so much more.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
A report from Gaza
From Tom Garofalo, who works for CRS (Catholic Relief Services) in the region, over at Catholic Exchange.