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Bishop Younan, Religious Leaders Issue Statement Condemning Violence Around Holy Site in Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 November 2014 05:22

altCalls for the Integrity and Status of Each Holy Place to be Respected

(LWI) – Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) and other religious leaders in Jerusalem have condemned increased violence around the site of the Al Aqsa Mosque in the Old City. The Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land also called for “the integrity and status of each holy place to be respected.”

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Jordan’s Prince El Hassan Bin Talal Speaks to Vatican Radio PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 08:31

alt“To lose Christianity from the birthplace of Christianity” in the Middle East “would be to lose the richness of the tapestry of this pluralist region:”  that’s according to Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal who granted an exclusive interview to Vatican Radio’s Tracey McClure at the Royal Palace in Amman.

Listen to Part I of this two part interview with HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal:  

Speaking of Islamic State militants (Daesh in Arabic) as the “cold-hearted, dead hearted human beings in name only” who are killing and terrorizing both Muslims and Christians in Iraq and Syria, His Royal Highness said “the fact that the Christians are suffering is abhorrent to all of us, but the reality is that we are one community: Christians of Arab culture, Muslims of Arab culture.

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The Heads of Churches Visit Al-Aqsa Mosque PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 November 2014 07:55

The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem visited Sheikh Abed Atheem, Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque and M. Azam Abed Alkhatib Altamimi, Head of the Islamic Waqf of Jerusalem to show their support for the historical Status Quo and a show of solidarity between the two faiths.

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Italian Bishops in Gaza: “In This Desert Not All Flowers Were Pulled Out” PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 November 2014 07:15

altGAZA – The Presidency of the Italian Episcopal Conference (IEC) went on a visit to Gaza Strip, accompanied by Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal. Two days of intensive meetings during which Italian Bishops were able to get a first-hand view of the disastrous consequences of the war, and also signs of hope and revival among the people of  Gaza.

It is not a common practice that  Bishops leave dioceses and offices and go on such an important trip, in order to meet a Christian community forgotten by  media but severely affected by the conflict.

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Statement from the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 November 2014 07:06

altPRESS RELEASE – On November 6, 2014, Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem published a statement in which they express their concern about the outbreak of violence and the rapid deterioration of the situation in the Holy City. They also call for the respect of the Status Quo, especially on the Haram al Sharif, the esplanade of the Mosques.

We, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, wish to express our serious concern regarding response to recent activity on Haram al Sharif which has included both full closures and some limitation of access to Al Aqsa Mosque.

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Two Future Saints for the Holy Land PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 November 2014 07:17

altJerusalem - The Catholic Church in the Holy Land is preparing for the upcoming canonization of two Blessed: Blessed Mariam Bawardi, known as Mary of Jesus Crucified, and Blessed Maria Alphonsina Ghattas. On the occasion of the Solemnity of All Saints the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Exc. Mgr. Fouad Twal announced that soon the two blessed religious will be proclaimed saints. In December, the Consistory of Cardinals will meet for the final approval of the results of the canonical process carried out by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The celebration for the canonization of Sister Mariam and Sister Maria Alfonsina is likely to take place within 2015.

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Explore & Live Palestine with Young Palestinians from Around the World! July 21-August 7, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 08:58

altA Once-in-a-Lifetime opportunity is available for new applicants to join the Know Thy Heritage - Leadership Program 

Explore & Live Palestine!

July 21-August 7, 2015

Join your Palestinian peers from the Diaspora around the world on a homecoming journey! We look forward to welcoming more young men and women from Chile, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Canada, Italy, Spain, Jordan, the UAE, the United States and Australia to this year's Delegation. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to visit historic Palestine with other youth!

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