OTTAWA, May 21, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - From May 24 to 26, millions will follow Pope Francis' historic visit to the Holy Land. The spiritual leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics is considered one of the leading voices for peace, respected by all sides of the religious-political spectrum. With violent conflict plaguing large parts of the region, especially in Syria, the Pope expects to extend an olive branch to all participants and open the door to a renewed and sincere dialogue.
The trip provides context for many important topics, including:
- The road to peace
- Role of Christians as mediators, bridge builders and providers of essential social services in the region
- Growth of attacks and intimidation against Christians in the region
| INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY
Carl Hetu, the head of CNEWA Canada, the pope's own agency for the protection and welfare of Christians in the Middle East and neighbouring areas, will be available to speak with media before and during his 3-day trip.
Since founding CNEWA Canada in 2005, Carl has travelled regularly to the Middle East (Palestine-Israel, Jordan, Lebanon), Ethiopia and Ukraine and has also spent time in the field in Syria, Egypt, Eritrea, India, Russia, Georgia and Armenia. The media can trust this accomplished humanitarian and intermediary to help them cut through the clutter and work through controversy to arrive at a respectful and refreshing dialogue on a series of subjects that bear great importance to many Canadians.
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