A Scottish bishop has called on Scots to visit the Holy Land in order to help beleaguered Christian communities there who are dependent on pilgrims and tourism.
The Bishop of Galloway, William Nolan, is currently visiting the Holy Land as part of an international delegation in support of Christians in Israel and Palestine.
Speaking from City of Haifa Bishop Nolan said: “In many parts of the Holy Land the indigenous Christian populations are declining or at risk. Many of them depend on pilgrims and tourism. I pray that Christians at home will consider visiting the land of Christ’s birth and in so doing give their support to Christian communities here.”
Picture: Bishop William Nolan celebrates Mass in St Jerome’s Cave in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (Scottish Catholic Media Office).