The Rt Revd Riah Abu El-Assal
21 April 2004
As chief pastor of the Anglican community in the Holy Land, I greeted Mordechai Vanunu this morning at 11am as he was released from Ashkelon prison. He is an Anglican Christian and expressed his desire to offer thanks to God for his release from prison as his first act as a free man.
At his request, I celebrated the Holy Eucharist in the Cathedral Church of St. George, Jerusalem, midday, in the presence of fellow Christians, including bishops and clergy from England, the USA and Australia as well as local Christians. The Eucharist was offered in thanksgiving for the resurrection of Jesus Christ and in prayers for Mr Vanunu, his family and friends in the hopes that he can live a normal life from now on.
+The Rt Revd Riah Abu El-Assal
Bishop in Jerusalem
The Rt Revd Riah Abu El-Assal, Bishop in Jerusalem (left)
and Mordachai Vanunu (centre) at the Cathedral Church
of St. George today (ACNS)