A Hamas delegation has offered its congratulations to the Christian community on appointing Father Gabriel Romanelli as a patron saint for Gaza’s Christian community after being chosen as successor for Father Mario de Silva.
During a visit to the Gaza-based Church of the Latin Monastery on Monday, the delegation highlighted the strong relationship between Muslims and Christians in Palestine.
Member of Hamas International Relations Office Basem Naim reaffirmed his movement’s determination to bolster ties with the Christian community and stay in touch with them, as they are an important segment of the Palestinian people.
“No one can target, distort, or destroy this relationship,” Naim stressed, noting that Gaza’s Interior Ministry is very keen to provide security and stability for all of the Palestinian people.
Naim hailed the peaceful coexistence among the Palestinian people, highlighting the historical “entrenched” relationship between Muslims and Christians in Palestine.
Father Mario de Silva and some members of the Catholic community along with Father Gabriel Romanelli, who has been designated as patron saint of Gaza’s Catholic Church received the delegation.
Fr. Mario praised the close ties between Muslims and Christians in the Gaza Strip, highlighting the special relations with Hamas, who has always been keen on maintaining this strong relationship.
Thanking Gaza’s security forces and Ministry of Interior for staying in constant contact with the Christian community, Fr. Mario confirmed that Christians do not find any sort of discrimination against Christians in the Gaza Strip.
Fr. Mario reiterated that the Christian community will continue cementing ties with Muslims in a way that “preserves this great legacy which has been entrenched for hundreds of years.”
The Hamas delegation included Basem Naim, Fawzi Barhoum, Sheikh Hassan al-Jojo, Maher al-Houli, and Abu Bilal al-Aklouk.