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Patriarch Bartholomew Plants an Olive Tree in Jerusalem’s Grove of Nations
“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
 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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