DAILY CATHOLIC     TUESDAY     May 4, 1999     vol. 10, no. 87

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CHRISTIANS MARCH IN JERUSALEM TO APOLOGIZE FOR EXCESSES OF CRUSADES

          JERUSALEM (CWNews.com) - An interdenominational Western Christian group marched in Jerusalem on Sunday to ask forgiveness from Arabs, Jews, and Eastern Christians for the excesses of the Holy Crusades nearly nine centuries ago.

          The Reconciliation March included about 50 Christians from the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand who are meeting Palestinians and Israelis in the region whose forefathers were killed during the Crusades. "Exactly 900 years ago Christians visited this land with a sword and a spirit of vengeance in a manner contrary to teachings and character of Jesus," said Mike Niebur, the group's Israel coordinator.

          The group has visited Jewish communities along the Rhine Valley and in Lebanon and Turkey that were attacked by Crusaders on their way to the Holy Land and will end its journey on July 15 with a march from a Crusader fortress in northern Israel to Jerusalem. Niebur said that the imprint of distrust and violence perpetuated by the memory of the Crusades can be traced through the Spanish Inquisition and even the Holocaust. "We hope we will start to end that legacy and start on a new track," he said.


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May 4, 1999       volume 10, no. 87
NEWS & VIEWS

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