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Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Speaks on the Deprived Conditions of Middle East Christians at the Swedish Government Hall PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 May 2015 03:46

Sweden: His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II – Patriarch of Antioch and All East spoke in a session at the Swedish government hall about the sad life of persecuted Christians in the Middle East and the challenges faced by them. The Primate expressed his concerns on the acute situation of Christians of the Middle East and possibilities for the the Swedish government to help the persecuted.

Representatives of the Swedish government, churches and study organizations are attended during this important event.  The Apostolic visit has drawn a lot of media attention in Sweden.


A Year Ago … Francis on Pilgrimage PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 May 2015 03:31

JERUSALEM – A year ago, between 24 and 26 May 2014, Pope Francis came on a visit to the diocese, first in Jordan, then in Palestine, before winding up with Jerusalem and Israel. Marked by gestures and impressive words, this pilgrimage had stirred hope on many levels, such as the ecumenical dialogue or the progress of the peace process. A year later, what is remaining of all that ?

A year after the trip of Pope Francis, more images than words may still remain in the memory of all those who welcomed the Holy Father in Jordan, in Palestine and in Israel. Appeals for peace remain linked to strong gestures: a hug with a rabbi and a Moslem near the Wailing Wall, a turn round the separation wall between Israel and Palestine, a gathering in Jordan with handicapped and refugees, an eloquent speech at Yad Vashem …

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II Speaks on the Current situation of Syriac Refugees and Christians in Middle East PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 07:57

Sweden: Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II of Antioch and All East was interviewed by Swedish national radio about the current situation of the Syriac refugees and Christians of the Middle East. Hisd Holiness spoke also on the current apostolic visit in Sweden.


Patriarch Younan Calls for Prayers for Release of Kidnapped Fr. Murad PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:23

A Syriac Catholic monk and a church volunteer were abducted by masked militants from a monastery in Homs province on Friday, May 22.
Fr. Jack Murad and Boutros Hanna, a church volunteer, were taken from the Mar Elian Monastery in Al Qaryatayn at mid-day on Friday, May 22.

A statement was issued by Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III Younan, patriarch of Antioch and all the East of the Syrians for the Syriac Catholic Church in this regard. It stated: “With great sadness and pain, we received the news of the kidnapping of Fr. Jack Murad.”

HCEF President/CEO Delivers MCC Funds To Support Christian Iraqi Refugees in Jordan PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 May 2015 12:50

In line with its ongoing effort to sustain, empower and bring life to the Christians of the Holy Land, HCEF has come to the aid of Christian Iraqi refugees in Jordan through its initiative the U.S. Muslim Christian Coalition (MCC). Through the leadership of HCEF President and CEO, Sir Rateb Rabie, KCHS, HCEF was a founding member of the U.S. Muslim Christian Coalition(MCC) w was formed. MCC is committed to putting faith into action to protect Christian and other religious minorities in the Arab world and to further coexistence and peace.

Fr. Jacques Murad Kidnapped; he Belonged to the Same Community of Father Paolo Dall'Oglio PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 May 2015 08:18

Priest Jacques Murad, Prior of the Monastery of Mar Elian, was abducted by two kidnappers at the Monastery under the threat of arms. According to some local sources, contacted by Agenzia Fides, the seizure most probably took place on Monday, May 18, while other sources claim that the priest was kidnapped on Thursday May, 21. The news was confirmed today by the Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs, that asked all the faithful to invoke the Lord in prayer so that father Jacques is released and can return to his life of prayer, to serve his brothers and all Syrians. 

HCEF Attends Historical Canonization of Palestinian Nuns PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 May 2015 22:52
On Sunday, May 17 His Holiness Pope Francis canonized two Palestinian nuns from the 19th-century, Miriam Bawardy, a sister of the Order of Discalced Carmelites, and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas, a co-founder of Jerusalem's Rosary Sisters. They are now known as St. Mary of Jesus Crucified and St. Marie-Alphonsine.
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