JERUSALEM (Sep. 8)
The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Alberto Gori, Archbishop and head of the Roman Catholic Patriarchate in Jordan, came to Israel and attended the consecration of a new road leading to Mt. Tabor, one of Christendom’s holiest shrines. The Israeli Government constructed the road to facilitate the travel of Christian pilgrims. The Archbishop expressed his gratitude to the Israeli Government for its “solicutude toward its Christian citizens and overseas pilgrims.” The building of this road, he said, is “a manifestation of the Israel Government’s respect for the Holy Places of all faiths.”
The shrine is atop a summit 1,800 feet above sea level. Until now, access to the shrine has been by way of a precipitous, serpentine donkey path. Local dignitaries of the Roman Catholic church joined Msgr. Gori, and representatives of Israeli ministries and the Israel Tourist Department were in attendance at the ceremonies when Archbishop Gori cut the ribbon, formally opening the road.