HIS BEATITUDE ADDRESS AT THE INAUGURATION OF THE NEW WING OF A SCHOOL IN TAYBE
His Beatitude Theophilos III address at the inauguration of the new wing of the Orthodox School in Taybe, Tuesday the 3th of April 2012.
Your Excellency Mr Basam Rifai,
The U.S. Aid Commissioner,
Dr. Leila Ganam, Mohafez of Ramallah and Bireh,
Dear Friends of the Taybe Rum Orthodox School
It is a great honour for Us to inaugurate the new section of this educational institution.
Knowledge is the key to freedom and truth. This is precisely what the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate has been promoting throughout the ages, despite the many difficulties and complexities through which it exercises its ministry and mission here in the Holy Land and the broader area of the Middle East.
The cooperation and mutual understanding between the Patriarchate and the US. Aid Organization has been fruitful and productive in helping the Palestinian youth without any discrimination communal or religious, to attain to its aspirations of a national and independent identity within a democratic social and political context.
The Rum Orthodox Patriarchate and its Taybe Community takes pride of the fact that all pupils and students enjoy the fruits of a shared common cultural heritage and a diverse religious affiliation.
We are looking forward to further Our cooperation with the U.S. Aid building new institutions that will encourage such initiatives that bring about progress in social, national and even economic flourish.
We would like to express Our deep gratitude to the USA administration and its U.S. Aid organizations for their support and confidence to Our Patriarchate.
Last but Not least We would like to thank all those who participated in this aspiration becoming a reality.
Patriarch of Jerusalem