James Cowan, HALO's CEO said:
The Holy Father was incredibly generous with his time and listened with interest to the plans we have to clear the Baptism site. His engagement has the potential to galvanise the global Roman Catholic community in support of the project. For HALO one of the most important aspects of the campaign to clear the site is the multi-faith nature of the support for it. We are greatly heartened to have the backing of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, the other Orthodox Church leaders in Jerusalem and now The Holy See. Our desire now is raise the necessary money to finance the project; we have already made a good start, but the support of The Holy Father and the Catholic Church will significantly increase global support for this historic project.
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