Families that lunch with the Pope

On Sunday, May 25, 2014, a group of Palestinian families and young people were invited to lunch with the Pope in Bethlehem.

– George SBEIT and his wife Shadia with their children Nicole (15) and Cesar (13). They are from Ikrit, a Christian village entirely evacuated by the Israeli army in 1948. The inhabitants have not been able to return.

– Elias ABU MOHOR and his wife Juliet, and their two young daughters, Isabel and Elizabeth from Cremisan, Beit Jala. They risk losing their land, situated beyond the dividing wall, if this latter is completed as intended by the Israeli army.

– Joseph HAZBOUN with his wife Rima, their son Yazan (16) and their daughter Laian (18). The wife is from Jerusalem and the husband from Bethlehem, thus being one of the many cases of families who cannot be reunited.

– Shawki HALABY and his wife Abla with two sons, Fadi (30) and Tamer (27) from Jerusalem. Another of their sons is serving a life sentence in an Israeli prison.

– Layla SHATARA, a widow from Bethlehem, who has a son exiled to Gaza following the siege of the Basilica of the Nativity in 2002.

– Rania Michel MIZAK (37), of the Gaza Christian community.

– Mike ABED RABBO (23) a young man from Beit Jala, unable to hold any form of identity document.

– Zakaria ZAKAKARIA from Bethlehem, Now an adult, rehabilitated following drug dependency, with health problems.