Christmas in a place of war

Anglican Priest David Pileggi talks about what Christmas means in his town of Jerusalem in the midst of war.

Anglican priest David Pileggi has lived in Jerusalem for over 40 years. In that time he has seen a lot, but recent events in Israel and Gaza have been as shocking and disturbing as any he has encountered. He talks to Life & Faith about his life in the “Holy City” – what he loves about it and the things he weeps over.

Despite all that has transpired in recent days David Pileggi refuses to despair. As he prepares his Christmas 2023 message for the gathered locals and pilgrims, he remains convinced the story of the baby born down the road in Bethlehem 2000 years ago, remains the best hope for not only that troubled part of the world, but for all of us.

Christ church Jerusalem is the oldest protestant church in the Middle East.