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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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Jewish Council for Public Affairs Visits the Patriarchate PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:53

altJERUSALEM – An official delegation of the JCPA, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs from the United Sates, paid a visit to the Latin Patriarchate, Thursday, December 11. The Patriarch, Archbishop Fouad Twal, with two other bishops, presented their difficulties and progress, with reference to the Christians in the country, with the hope of advancing some projects on a dead-end track for a long time.

It was a ceremonial visit. Every year, a delegation of the JCPA travels to the Holy Land to meet with Christians, Jews and Muslims, to listen to their voices of suffering and hope. Led by Rabbi David Rosen, the delegates come from a dozen American Jewish associations.

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The Syro-Catholic Bishops: Let Us Apply the Principles of the "Declaration of Al-Azhar" PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 December 2014 07:45

altRome - The leaders of the great powers and rulers of Iraq must "hasten the release of Mosul and Nineveh Plain" from the jihadists of the Islamic State, so that the refugees who fled from those lands can return to live in their own homes in peace and security. This is how the appeal in the document begins, released by the Syro-Catholic Bishops at the end of their annual Synod, held in Rome from 8 to 10 December, under the presidency of His Beatitude Ignace Youssif III, Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians. The summary of the Synod text, divided into 9 points, expresses expectations, considerations and projects of the pastors of the Catholic Church of the Eastern Rite with regards to the problems experienced by the peoples of the Middle East, with particular reference to the difficulties and suffering faced by local Christian communities.

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