On 26 November 2006 in
the Paul VI Auditorium, the world premier screening of Nativity will
be held: the film recounts with historical precision and passionate
wonder the fact of the birth of Jesus. The film will be released in
cinemas throughout the world the following 1 December.
On the occasion of the
world premier, a collection will be held for the construction of a
school in the village of Mughar in Galilee, close to the Lake of
Tiberius, the home of 17,000 Druses, 5,000 Christians and 4,000
Muslims. The project is being promoted by the Greek-Melkite
Archbishop of Akka. Nazareth also falls within his diocese: among
his parishioners, one could, therefore, count Mary and Joseph.
A serious problem in the
Holy Land is the lack of education: in the towns of Nazareth,
Ibillin, Shefar-am and Jish, schools have been built where
interaction between the various cultures begins at a very young age.
In Mughar, the wish is to build an elementary and secondary school
to educate together Muslims, Jews and Christians.
The Pontifical Council
“Cor Unum” is part of this important initiative in order to bring
the Pope’s charity to those places where God became flesh,
generating the hope of life for all of humanity.
Vatican City, 17 November 2006