On the morning of Wednesday, the 26th of November/9th of December 2015, representatives of the ‘The Halo Trust’ mineclearance organization visited the Patriarchate to discuss the demining project in the Jordan river on the Baptismal Site of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The ‘Halo Trust’ representatives were welcomed by H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, in the presence of delegates of other Christian Churches in the Holy Land owning property on the site of the Lord’s Baptismal, i.e. the Franciscans, the Armenians, the Patriarchate of Romania and the Copts.
The ‘Halo Trust’ explained the Church representatives their positions, founded on humanitarian criteria, towards demining the aforementioned area so as to avoid the maiming or death of our fellow humans on account of mines.
His Beatitude and those present praised the initiative of the ‘Halo Trust’ and stated their willingness to contribute to its humanitarian work, after coming to an understanding with the military authorities of States having sovereignty in the region, namely Jordan, Israel and Palestine, as well as with sponsors required to cover the financial aspect of this costly project.