The Holy See and Jerusalem by Archbishop Jean Louis Tauran Secretary for the Holy See's Relations with States

It is Jerusalem that has brought us together. It is Jerusalem that urges us to look to the future. And Jerusalem, yet again, wishes to impart its secret, the secret which the Prophet Ezekiel disclosed for all time: "And the name of the city henceforth shall be, The Lord is there" (Ez. 48:35).

Msg Tauran through this message thinks that it is right to thank His Beatitude Patriarch Michel Sabbah for the warm welcome extended, as well as for the spiritual joy he has brought by gathering together the comunity for the sake of the Holy City.

This cause of the Holy City has long been at the center of the Holy See's concerns and one of its top priorities for international action, ever since the Jerusalem question existed.