This year, the Christmas celebrations at Caritas Baby Hospital were regrettably confined to religious rituals, in adherence to the directive from the patriarchs and heads of churches in Jerusalem. The ongoing war has rendered it impracticable to partake in a festive Christmas atmosphere, especially given the enduring plight of the children in Palestine subjected to persistent aggression.
During his sermon, Bishop William Shomali underscored the Nakba and its tragic repercussions as the impetus behind the establishment of Caritas Baby Hospital. Seventy years later, the people of Palestine endure comparable adversities, prompting the bishop to implore for prayers for peace and an end to the injustices suffered by the Palestinian populace.
In his address, Mr. Issa Al-Bandak, the CEO of the hospital, focused on the accomplishments of the institution in 2023. He also shed light on the profound impact of the recent hostilities on the hospital's plans and, more significantly, on the lives of Palestinian children. Despite these challenges, Al Bandak expressed unwavering determination to persist in providing healthcare, in alignment with the mission and cause of Caritas Baby Hospital.
In conclusion, this occasion served as an opportunity to pay tribute to the retired staff and Brother Peter Bray, President of the Hospital Advisory Council, acknowledging his distinguished contributions since 2009. Brother Bray, having completed his service in Palestine, is embarking on a new mission.