Patriarch Bartholomew Plants an Olive Tree in Jerusalem’s Grove of Nations
May 27, 2014 16:24
“I have planted a great many trees on my travels throughout the world, but planting a tree in the Holy Land has special value,” said Patriarch Bartholomew I as he planted an olive tree in a ceremony at the Grove of Nations in Jerusalem. The event took place during Pope Francis’s visit to Israel. “Through this tree I move backwards in time to our shared roots and our shared patriarch Abraham,” said
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Leaders from all over the world have planted trees in the Jerusalem Forest’s Grove of Nations, as a gesture of friendship towards the State of Israel and identification with the Jewish People, and as a symbol of peace between all nations.
KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler welcomed the Patriarch at the Grove of Nations and said, “The tree you plant here today is a symbolic step along the path to cooperation. I believe that Orthodox Christians from all over the world will follow the Patriarch’s example by planting trees in Israel and praying for a better, greener world.”
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