Iqrit meets Pope Francis

Five Palestinian families lunched with Pope Francis at Casa Nova, a traditional Palestinian guesthouse run by the Franciscan order. As they broke bread together, the families had the opportunity to share with him stories of how Israel’s military occupation and treatment of Palestinian citizens of Israel has affected their lives.

George and Shadia Sbait, and their children Caisar, 13, and Nicole, 15, were selected to represent the plight of Palestinian Christian villagers from Iqrith and Kufur Biri’im, who have been displaced by Israel for 66 years.


The Sbait family has been calling on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to comply with the Israeli High Court ruling and the ministerial committee recommendations.


“We asked the pope because he will meet Netanyahu tomorrow to talk in our name as Christians and as the people of the Church of the Vatican to convince Mr. Netanyahu to sit with us and try to end this struggle of more than six decades.”

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