CHILDREN’S “MARCH FOR PEACE”
This important and symbolic March for Peace to Bethlehem gives the children a sense of unity and collective accomplishment, while at the same time draws local attention to their witness for peace. The children exchange gifts, play games and put on shows in celebration of Christmas. At Manger Square, the children release bouquets of white balloons as a sign of peace and freedom.
“THE 4TH ANNUAL ‘CHILDREN’S MARCH FOR PEACE’ TOOK PLACE WITH SOME 400 CHRISTIAN BOYS AND GIRLS WHO CAME FROM THE OUTSKIRTS OF JERUSALEM TO MEET 300 OTHER BOYS AND GIRLS IN MANAGER SQUARE IN BETHLEHEM.”
Established in 2003, the March for Peace journey encourages strong bonds of friendship between children of the Holy Land and provides them a day of joy and celebration as they relive the Christmas story in the place it actually took place. It also brings together local communities to promote peace and understanding, as well as increase the appreciation of their common heritage and sense of belonging in the Holy Land.
“THE CHILDREN’S MARCH FOR PEACE TO BETHLEHEM
HAS BEEN A MESSAGE OF HOPE
CREATED TO PROMOTE PEACE
AND ALLOW CHRISTIAN CHILDREN THE OPPORTUNITY TO
VISIT AND WORSHIP
AT THE BIRTHPLACE OF JESUS.”
During the March for Peace, large banners with FFHL’s logo were proudly carried through the streets of Bethlehem by a large number of children. The march was led by the Mayor of Bethlehem and the Minister of Tourism along with Fr. Ibrahim Faltas, OFM, Director of John Paul II Foundation and Fr. Peter Vasko OFM, President of FFHL.
In 2008, the parish priests of Jerusalem approached the Foundation asking if we could assist them with sponsoring this special event which we have been proud to do.