Launch of Report on Christianity in the Holy Land

The launch of the Christianity in The Holy Land report in Westminster Abbey, 21st October 2021

In October 2021, the International Community of The Holy Sepulchre launched its report ‘Defeating Minority Exclusion and Unlocking Potential: Christianity in the Holy Land’, produced in collaboration with the University of Birmingham. The launch event was held in the Cheyneygates Room of Westminster Abbey and introduced by Brendan O’Hara MP, one of the APPG’s Vice Chairs, and Tim Livesey, the Chair of ICoHS and Embrace the Middle East.

To an audience of parliamentarians, academics and charity representatives, the findings of the report were presented by the authors, Professor Francis Davis and Den. Dr. George Tsourous. This was followed by speeches from faith leaders in the Holy Land, including Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa (Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem), Fr Francesco Patton (Custos of the Holy Land), and Hosam Naoum (Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem). Archbishop Anba Angaelos, the General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, also delivered a speech in-person.

The event was followed by a lively question and answer session, and was received positively by outlets such as Church Times and The Tablet.

The launch of report has been a milestone for the Christianity in the Holy Land APPG. Its findings, which indicate the main challenges facing Christians in the Holy Land today, will inform public attitudes, policy and the work of the APPG moving forward.

The full report can be accessed for free below.