(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañzares Llovera, accompanied by a delegation from the Fundación Don Juan de Borbón España-Israel, spend a day touring Christian sites in Northern Israel with KKL-JNF. The sites were developed and are maintained by KKL-JNF. “I am very impressed by everywhere I have been today,” said the Cardinal, “and I will tell the Pope about everything I have seen. I will describe the great feeling of hospitality and brotherhood and the fact that I have been able to appreciate the realization that we are brothers with one common father Abraham and one path.”
Visibly moved by a third century A.D. mosaic that mentions Jesus, in what is believed to be the oldest remains of a church found in Israel, Spanish Cardinal Antonio Cañzares Llovera knelt by the inscription in a moment of contemplation. The cardinal was on a four-day visit to Israel together with a delegation from the Fundación Don Juan de Borbón España-Israel, which organized the visit. The trip included a full day in northern Israel on July 8 as a guest of KKL-JNF. The foundation is sponsored by the King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, and its goal is to strengthen and develop the relationship between Israel and Spain. The visit to the North focused on the ties between the Catholic Church and KKL-JNF. The Cardinal toured the KKL-JNF sites developed for the benefit of Christian pilgrims.
Summing up his visit, the Cardinal said that KKL-JNF does marvelous work. "It is a realization of that which God has asked in the past and continues to ask for the people of Israel."
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