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The Patriarch of Jerusalem Brings the Crisis of Gaza to the White House PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 05:48

July 24, 2014- His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, met with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Counselor to the President John Podesta, this morning to discuss the situation of the Christians in the Holy Land, specifically in the context of the crisis in Gaza. Father Michael McDonagh, International Advisor to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and Sir Rateb Y. Rabie, KCHS President/CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) accompanied His Beatitude to the White House.

Shomali: The Holy Land bishops want “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 04:49
The Catholic bishops of the Holy Land  want “an immediate ceasefire” in Gaza “and the restart of peace negotiations”,  Bishop William Shomali, auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem told me in an exclusive interview today, as the toll of deaths and destruction continued to escalate.
After fifteen days of this conflict in the Gaza strip where 1.8 million Palestinians struggle to survive, but cannot exit or enter freely due to the 7 year-old Israeli blockade, the figures speak for themselves.
Vatican Rep to UN Addresses rights Situation in Palestine PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 04:43
(Vatican Radio) The Permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations organs in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, delivered a statement during a special session of the UN's Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem. Below, please find the full text of his remarks in English.
Statement by H.E. Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, Permanent Representative of the Holy See
Jerusalem Patriarch Fouad Twal On Gaza: 'It's Better To Be Good Neighbors Forever Than Enemies Forever' PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 25 July 2014 01:28
Jerusalem Patriarch Fouad Twal has offered some words of peace and reconciliation in the wake of Israel's redoubled offensive in Gaza.
Speaking with the Catholic News Service in Washington, Twal said that though he condemned Hamas' actions, Israel should amend its strategy in Gaza and consider the longterm repercussions of the continued unrest.
"We cannot punish all the population because you do not agree with Hamas," Twal said. "We have hundreds and hundreds of killed people, innocent people, 80 percent innocent."
Abide by International Law in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 08:49
Statement Reiterates Obligation to Protect Civilians
Expressing “profound shock and sadness” as the death toll and human suffering continue to rise among civilians including children, in Gaza, The Lutheran World Federation has reiterated its urgent call to all parties in the conflict to allow for unrestricted humanitarian access and agree on an immediate and unconditional ceasefire.
Statement On Christians In Mousel/Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:15
The MECC is following with worries the latest news of the painful incidents which are taking place in Mousel – Iraq since two weeks against the Iraqi Christians and are manifested in acts of violence, killings, and forced displacement. The MECC condemns such violent demonstrations against innocent Christians who were attacked by strangers and insurgents. The numbers of Christians who were killed till this moment are 12, and more than 1000 families are forced to leave the homes in the city taking refuge in monasteries, towns and villages surrounding Mousel.
OIC Condemns ISIS Threats and Forced Displacement of Christians in Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 07:03
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Ameen Madani  condemned what the terrorist group, "The Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS)" is committing against innocent Christian Iraqi citizens in Mosul and  Nineveh including forced deportation under the threat of execution; thus further tearing apart the social fabric of the Iraqi people. 
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