The first Holy Land Dialogues took place from November 6-12, 2016 and was attended by more than 430 people from 30 different countries across the world.
Besides the pilgrimage, participants had the pleasure of attending a discussion panel and a series of lectures (which you can read by clicking on each name) given by different personalities. The panel included the Minister of Tourism of Israel, Yariv Levin; the former Minister of the Interior of Spain, Jorge Fernández Díaz; the former Minister of Education of Poland, Roman Giertych; the former Minister of Interior and Education of Israel, Gideon Saar as well as Imad Yunis, the President of Alphaomega, a neuroscience tech company from Nazareth. Andrew Briggs, Professor at the University of Oxford and Eric Cohen, executive director of the Tikva Fund each gave a lecture the following days.
The topics dealt with on the first edition of Holy Land Dialogues were:
- Dialogues on the Impact of Judeo-Christian thought on science, art …
- Dialogues on the personal transformation in the Holy Places from the primitive time to the present time.
- Promoting peace and understanding
Also, during the event, a Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated at Saxum. It was concelebrated by the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, accompanied by the Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, Giuseppe Lazzarotto, and representatives of Opus Dei present in the Holy Land. Click here to read the full Homily that was given during the Mass.