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Thousands of Children From Gaza are Disabled Because of Wars PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:30

altGaza - The military conflict in the Gaza Strip has had serious consequences on the lives of Palestinian children and their families. There are about a thousand young children who are handicapped because of the bombing of Israel against civilians in the Palestinian territory. This is what is reported by the Euro-Mediterranean Observatory, a group that deals with the protection of human rights which is based in the Country. In a press release the group denounced the fact that the Israeli army uses illegal bullets containing thousands of iron nails that penetrate the flesh and bones of humans causing wounds, cuts and serious damage to the body. 

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New Jihadist Blackmail for Christians in Mosul: If You Do Not Pay, Your Houses Will be Blown Up PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014 08:20

altMosul - Several Christian refugees from the city of Mosul reveal that they have been blackmailed by self-styled militants of the Islamic State, who have threatened to blow up their houses from which they were forced to flee if they are not willing to promptly pay a sum of money. The recurrence of this type of blackmail by phone, denounced by the victims to the www.ankawa.com arabic site, is just the latest of the violence suffered by those who fled Mosul after the second city fell under the control of jihadist militants of the Islamic State, on June 9. 

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Chaldean Patriarch to Muslims: The Barbarous Acts Committed In The Name of Islam Recalls Nazism. And Your Reactions Are Weak PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014 07:53

altVienna - Unlike "Nazis and other deadly ideologies of the twentieth century", the jihadists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) carry out their barbaric acts "in the name of Islam". This is why it is "quite shocking the insufficiency of the official Islamic community that only denounced these acts by shy and helpless statements, showing the absence of a real role in raising the awareness of the public about the impending danger of ISIS in the name of religion". With these words the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans Louis Raphael I appeals to the leaders of the Islamic community so that they assume their responsibility in tackling Islamist extremism which is certainly a mortal danger to the Christians of the Middle East, but are according to the Chaldean Patriarch "no less dangerous" for Muslims themselves.

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Pope Francis Calls for Peace after Series of Jerusalem Attacks PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 November 2014 05:42

altPope Francis has made a heartfelt plea to Israelis and Palestinians to put an end to the violence which has plagued Jerusalem and other parts of the Holy Land in recent weeks.  His appeal follows an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday in which 2 Palestinian men armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed three U.S.-Israeli rabbis and a British-Israeli man. An Israeli policeman later died of his wounds.

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The Latin Patriarchate Condemns the Escalation of Violence in Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 08:08

altJERUSALEM– On Tuesday 18 November, in the early morning hours, a synagogue of Jerusalem was the target of an attack during which four Jews were cruelly killed, while praying, and eight others were injured of whom four seriously. The two attackers were killed on the spot. A day before, a Palestinian bus driver was found hanged inside an Israeli bus. Patriarch Fouad Twal, and his Vicar in Jerusalem, Mgr Shomali, worried about the deterioration of the situation, condemn strongly the violence and call for a quick political solution.

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Building Walls or Bridges? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 07:28

altROME – As usual on Sundays, the Pope was seen from the window of his residence at the Vatican on 9 November 2014, in order to greet faithful and pilgrims coming in large numbers to recite together the Angelus and to listen to the short meditation. This Sunday coincided with the 25th anniversary of the bringing down the Wall of Berlin, hence how not to think of the Wall built by Israel separating the Palestinian Territories?

 No doubt the Pope’s speech was not directly meant to the people of the Holy Land. It refers indeed to the conflict which cruelly tears apart this Land of Heavenly Messages.

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Bethlehem Mayor: Vatican to Participate For First Time in Bethlehem Christmas Celebrations PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 November 2014 07:14

altBethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun has noted that one of the Vatican cardinals will participate in the tree lighting ceremony scheduled on December 6 marking the start of Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem.

In an interview to the Lebanese “Nashra” site, Baboun said: "We pray this year for peace in light of the painful circumstances we are going through which show the absence of peace. 

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