Jewish Times Asia March 2015
Art • Culture • Music
Photo exhibition on Pope Francis in Israel 2014
The City of David presentation
The Macau dioceses organised a photo exhibition last month. The exhibition entitled: Photography exhibition of Pope Francis in Israel – We are all brothers and sisters was held from 11-16 February at St. Dominic’s Church in Macau, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage monument.
During 25 and 26 May, 2014, Pope Francis visited Israel. He is the fourth Pope to come to the Holy Land and his visit marked the 50th anniversary of the historic visit of Pope Paul VI. Pope Francis visited the Western Wall, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Mount Herzl, where he laid a wreath on the tomb of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, as well as the memorial for the victims of terrorism. The Pope also visited sites sacred to Christianity in Jerusalem, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Church of Gethsemane and the Room of the Last Supper on Mount Zion. The Pope also met with then Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Ne-
The Asia Society Hong Kong Center organised a special presentation led by Rabbi Yehuda Maly, Co-Founder of City of David Foundation and Doron Spielman, Vice President of City of David Foundation.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Consul General Sagi Karni (middle), the Most Reverend Bishop José Lai Hung-seng (second from right), Dr. Alexis Tam Chon-weng (second from left), Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture, Daniel Fung (left), director of government protocol and Father Cónego João Evangelista Lau (right).
tanyahu and Israel’s Chief Rabbis. The Pope’s visit to Israel also marked the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Holy See. An opening ceremony of the exhibition was held in Macau on 10 February. In his opening remarks, Israel’s Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau Sargi Karni thanked the Macau Dioceses for their full support in organising this exhibition and said, “But during preparation to this photo exhibition, I was reminded of the note by Pope John Paul II known as ‘Redemptionis Anno’ from 1984 where he spoke of the central-
ity of Jerusalem to the Jewish people. With the deliverance and the new independence of the State of Israel in 1948 and the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967 the city is open to all believers as we know that she is sacred to you Christians as well. And I call upon you now to come and visit Israel, come and visit Jerusalem, the city of David.” This exhibition was organised by the Consulate and co-organised by Shalom Multimedia Creations and sponsored by O Clarim, Igreja de Sao Domingos and Macau Diocesan Social Communications Centre.
The evening’s presentation event: The City of David – The Most Important Square Kilometer in Ancient Israel was held on 11 February. The archeological mysteries buried in the City of David have captivated researchers for the last 150 years. Extensive excavations have taken place, many still currently underway, helping to unlock the mysteries of this ancient city. Renewed interest was sparked in 1995, when archeologists discovered remnants of a very large fortress surrounding the Gihon Spring, leading to a radical change in the understanding of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Other excavations followed, resulting in significant finds including the Givati Parking Lot which marks the largest archeological excavation being conducted in Jerusalem today and
Rabbi Yehuda Maly
continues to uncover different layers of the city’s life from the Middle Ages to ancient times. During their presentation Rabbi Yehuda Maly and Doron Spielman, provided new insights on the archeological discoveries with new video footage.
Both have been responsible for the dramatic transformation of the City of David in recent years. Dr. Doron Spielman has also been a driving force behind the transformation of the City of David National Park, once a small neglected hilltop outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls, into one of the world’s most prominent archeological and tourist sites, hosting more than half a million visitors annually.
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