Published: August 3, 2014 (From the blog: Misiones IVE –

Shouts of desperation…thundering of bombs…planes…gunfire… funeral processions in the streets…people escaping…evacuating the area…disoriented, without anywhere to go.

These realities have become our daily bread of tears.


Water is scarce. This is the fourth day without electricity since the generators were destroyed. Medicine in the hospitals is almost none existent.

During these last couple of days the fighting on both sides has become significantly more intense. The already impressive number of victims—whose deaths we mourn daily in this war—has also greatly increased. According to the declarations of those responsible, one could judge that this war will not end any time soon.

We are okay. They have not bombed the parish directly, as it may seem on the outside. By the grace of God we keep looking forward, calm and serene, doing what we can.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Argentine Representatives to the Palestinian Authority, the Argentine Embassy in Israel and the Argentine Embassy to the Holy See, for their support and total disposition to whatever assistance or service they could make available to us. The Argentine government is helping the parish through Caritas of Jerusalem. In times such as these, these actions are truly valiant.

I would also like to thank the thousands of people throughout the world who are praying for an end to this scary massacre. Our deepest gratitude goes out to each and every one with the sure hope that Our Lord Jesus Christ will repay them according to His infinite mercy, since it is He who acts through you: “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”

In Domino,

Fr. Jorge Hernandez, IVE

Gaza, 07/31/14