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Patriarch Twal Visits Gaza: "Today For Many Refugee Children It Would Be a Luxury to Live In the Grotto Where Jesus Was Born" PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2014 09:46

altGaza - 700 Christians in Gaza this year have received permission from Israel to reach Bethlehem and celebrate the Solemnity of Christmas in the place where Jesus was born. But not many will actually be able to reach the cities of the West Bank, given the daily difficulties shared by Christians in Gaza at the end of a year marked by the Israeli military intervention in the Gaza Strip that has caused thousands of deaths. This was reported to Agenzia Fides by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, who on Sunday, December 21 made a pastoral visit to Gaza and celebrated Mass in the parish of the Holy Family.

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The Emigrating Eastern Christian, Responsible or Guilty? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 December 2014 09:20

altMIDDLE EAST – The situation of Middle East Christians, if not a priority for international institutions, is the subject of the Church’s special attention. Through the voice of Vatican, or the Church’s prelates and associations, the faithful are invited not to leave their land which is the cradle of Christianity. For these dedicated Christians, the assurance of remaining is no longer evident. Between a presence on hostile ground and endangered lives, what should be done?

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Message of H.E President Mahmoud Abbas on the Occasion of Christmas PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 21 December 2014 09:30

altFrom Palestine, the Holy Land, we extend our warmest greetings to peoples around the world while we celebrate the occasion of the birth of the prince of peace, Jesus, peace be upon him.

“They say “peace, peace” where there is no peace” (Jer. 6:14). While the international community is talking about resumption of the peace process, Christmas in general, and the situation of Bethlehem in particular, are a reminder that peace cannot remain an empty word.

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Appeal of the Chaldean Bishop of Beirut for Displaced Iraqi Christians PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 19 December 2014 08:23

altBeirut – There are more than eight hundred Christian families who have fled Mosul and Nineveh Plain and have found refuge in Iraq. Their condition is that of the "newcomers" in a Country already destabilized by the arrival of more than a million Syrian refugees. Most of them are in Beirut and have found support only from the local Chaldean Eparchy. Mgr. Michel Kassarji, Bishop of Beirut of the Chaldeans, has just issued a statement to solicit aid in favor of the Christian victims of religious extremism that has forced them to flee their homes and villages.

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Christmas Message of His Beatitude Fouad Twal 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014 07:45

altJERUSALEM – His Beatitude Fouad Twal gave his Christmas message through his Vicar in Jerusalem and Palestine, Bishop William Shomali, during the press conference which was held this Thursday, December 18 at Terra Santa College. That was also the occasion to inaugurate the new Christian Media Center (CMC).

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2014 in Review: The ELCJHL Through Photos PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 04:59

altWe would like to thank all of you who have supported us throughout the year.  Without your love, prayers, and donations, we wouldn't be who we are.  We've collected some of our favorite photos from the year to share with you.  To see even more great events, you're also welcome to visit our photo gallery and explore.

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More Than 7,000 Christian Refugees from Iraq; Caritas Jordan: "In Two Months We Will Not Have any more Resources to Assist Them" PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:54

altAmman – There are now more than 7000 Iraqi Christians who have fled from Mosul and Nineveh Plain and have found refuge in Jordan and the resources available for their assistance will end within two months. The warning comes from Wael Suleiman, director of Caritas Jordan. "70 percent of Christian refugees - reports Suleiman to Agenzia Fides - is concentrated in the Amman area. A thousand of them are housed in 18 parishes, others have found accommodation in houses. They live dreaming of escaping to America, Australia and Europe, this situation mainly has affects on school age boys and girls: they spend days doing nothing, also because, for bureaucratic reasons, they have no access to Jordanian schools".

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