A television documentary following British church leaders on a recent pre-Christmas 'pilgrimage of peace' to the Israel Palestine ‚Äì and particularly Bethlehem, traditionally held to be the birthplace of Jesus ‚Äì is due to be screened this weekend.
Entitled ‚ÄòBethlehem: No Room for Peace‚Äô the programme follows the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the Rev David Coffey, Moderator of the Free Churches, and Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian, Primate of the Armenian Church of Great Britain, as they journey through the Holy Land on a short visit made just before Christmas 2006.
The documentary is due be televised at 22.45 on ITV1 on Sunday, 7 January 2007. The one-hour programme is a co-production by the aid agency Feed the Minds and Salt Pictures.
Feed the Minds is an ecumenical Christian organisation, first established in 1964, that supports education in the world‚Äôs poorest regions. Based in the United Kingdom, it works with partners in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America.
The documentary will show the plight of Christians and others in Bethlehem, as they struggle with the impact of economic degradation and political isolation brought about by the Israeli separation wall.
It supports adult literacy projects and community empowerment, as well as education around issues of general health, HIV/AIDS, human rights, income-generation and local development.
‚ÄòBethlehem: No Room for Peace‚Äô offers the opportunity to give high profile to an issue which is often lost in a media agenda constructed around superpower priorities.
Feed the Minds says it wants to contribute towards peace and reconciliation in regions experiencing conflict and violence.
It supports initiatives to educate communities in conflict resolution, seeks to bridge divides between different faiths, and establishes better connection between otherwise separated groups.