753 ISRAELIS, PALESTINIANS, AND JORDANIANS ATTEND WORLD
First Massive Holy Land Delegation at a World Youth Day
TEL AVIV, AUGUST 11 (ZENIT.org-FIDES).- Three aircraft left Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion airport
carrying 753 young Christians to Rome for the World Youth Day celebration. The Holy Land
delegation includes youth from Israel, Palestine, and Jordan.
The 424 young pilgrims from Israel were accompanied by 5 priests and 3 sisters. 190 young Christians
from the Palestinian territories traveled with 8 priests to Rome. The Church in Jordan sent 139
with 6 priests and one sister. Wadie Abunassar, spokesman for the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem,
which organized the pilgrimage for the 753 lucky young people, said: "this is the largest group yet that them
Holy Land has sent to a World Youth gathering."