On the occasion of an official visit to Jerusalem and despite a very busy programme, President Emmanuel Macron visited the École Biblique, as part of the celebration of the centenary of the recognition of the École Biblique as a French Archaeological School.
The visit took place on the morning of Thursday, January 23th. It was attended by Dominican friars, professors and students of the École Biblique, various religious representing the religious congregations working in Jerusalem and Palestine, as well as various personalities from the presidential delegation: Mgr Pascal Gollnisch, director general of the work of the Orient, Mr Charles Personnaz, director of the Institut national du patrimoine and author of the Rapport sur les Chrétiens d’Orient commissioned in 2018 by President Macron, Mr Olivier Brochet, director of the Alliance pour l’enseignement du français à l’étranger, etc.
The President was very attentive throughout the whole hour of very free and frank exchange with the Dominican friars and their guests. He then visited the library of the EBAF, learned about our project of the digital Bible The Bible in its traditions, and asked us questions on various subjects such as inter-religious dialogue, the excavations in Gaza, etc.
Among the ways in which the French government could support the École, President Macron was particularly sensitive to our unique library’s need for support and development.
He made no secret of his admiration and invited us to continue our research and teaching work, stressing how our vocation as truth-loving researchers is an essential contribution to building a common future in such an afflicted region.
“One is never truly free without the experience and imbalance of alterity. And it is in this strain that it is built”, he concluded. A message rich in meaning for us.
To read the article in the newspaper La Croix on the President’s visit to the École Biblique, click here.
To read the article of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, click here.
To watch the report from the Christian Media Center, click here.