Priests and other holy folk

One of the things you can’t help but notice as you walk around Jerusalem is the abundance of liturgical dress. Greek Orthodox, Egyptian Optic, cassocks, robes and suits in all shapes and sizes from tiny Korean priests to impressively-girth American priests.

But one of the most commanding I have seen is young Fr. Julian, the curate at the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Centre. Young (by which I mean younger than me!) and slim he is also 2.1 metres tall – not sure what that is in old money – and cuts quite a dash with his Argentinian tan. Unfortunately, he’s also young enough to have not yet learned the art of compromise so when, on Sunday, the kids attend Mass here, only the Catholics will receive communion. Frankly, it’s enough to make you weep sometimes.

Still, that’s a battle for another day. Tonight there are pretzels and a draught Maybe on the table in front of me, there is a lovely cool breeze on the verandah, God is in her heaven, and all is good with the world…


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