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President Mahmoud Abbas Meets Palestinian American Community and Visits the PLO Delegation in Washington PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 20 March 2014 01:56

altOn the afternoon of Tuesday March 18, President Mahmoud Abbas visited the offices of the General Delegation of the PLO Delegation to the United States. The President was greeted at the PLO Delegation office by Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat and the Delegation staff concluding his trip to the United States.

On Monday March 17, President Abbas met with Palestinian American community leaders, business leaders, and heads of national organizations including the Council on American Islamic Affairs (CAIR), the Holy Land Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), the United Holy Land Fund, United Palestinian Appeal (UPA), and the Arab American Institute (AAI).

ELCJHL Renews Mutual Agreement With Kuopio, Finland and FELM PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:54

altJERUSALEM – The companion agreement between The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Diocese of Kuopio, and theFinnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission (FELM) was signed in St. John’s Chapel at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. Bishop Munib Younan, representing the ELCJHL, Bishop Jari Jolkkonen, representing the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Diocese of Kuopio, and Rev. Dr. Seppo Rissanen, representing FELM signed the documents to continue their mutual agreement of accompaniment.

Christian Palestinians in Israel: a Threatened Identity? PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:43

altHOLY LAND – March 2014. The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries has approved a document published by the Justice and Peace Commission about the Knesset law project which is about to introduce a distinction between Christian and Muslim Palestinians, stating that Christian Palestinians are Christians and not Palestinians. One of the consequence of this campaign will be to draft Christian Palestinians into the Israeli military.

Birzeit Parish Welcomes Patriarch PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 08:00

altBIRZEIT – From Saturday, March 15, 2014 to Sunday, March 16, 2014 , His Beatitude  Fouad Twal made ​​a pastoral visit to the Palestinian town of Birzeit, where he met with parishioners and learned about their various activities.

On Saturday, March 15, Patriarch Twal made ​​his formal entry into the parish of Birzeit for a pastoral visit. He was welcomed by the scouts and religious leaders of the city, the Rosary Sisters, members of Municipal Council,  St. Vincent de Paul Society, parishioners, and the faculty and students Latin Patriarchate School. The Patriarch began his day at the parish church for a visit to the Blessed Sacrament,  met with members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the parish hall. He then visited the various classrooms, from kindergarten to high school, before moving  to the Father Buzo Center, a home for the elderly, where he had lunch.

HCEF Honors His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 16:07

Displaying DSC_0266.gifThis Lent season, Patriarch Fouad Twal toured the Palestinian town of Birzeit and made a special stop at HCEF’s Birzeit Senior Citizen Center (BSCC). BSCC has a longstanding relationship with the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, which has played a key role in the Center’s development since its inception in 2005. Not only has the Patriarchate provided HCEF with a space to care for elders from the local community, but it has also provided spiritual guidance and care to both the Center’s workers and its elder members. HCEF and the citizens of Birzeit are profoundly grateful for the Patriarchate’s generous support.

Catholic Ordinaries Meet in Tiberias PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 03:33

altOn March 11 and 12, 2014, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land convened in the Casa Nova Guesthouse in Tiberias for the first of its bi-annual meetings of 2014. The members of the Assembly were warmly welcomed and taken care of by the members of the Koinonia John the Baptist community that runs the church and guesthouse. As always, the proceedings began with a time for prayer, the greeting of the President of the Assembly, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal and a round of news from the various participants. In his opening remarks, Patriarch Twal thanked newly emeritus Greek Catholic Archbishop of Galilee Elias Chacour for his contribution to the Assembly and expressed full support for the Administrator of the Greek Catholic diocese of Galilee, Maronite Archbishop Moussa al-Hage.

EEC Announces Creation of Palestinian Environment Day PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 03:20

altThe Environmental Education Center (EEC), in collaboration with the Palestinian Quality Authority, announced on Thursday, March 13th, 2014, that the 5th of March will be dedicated as Palestinian Environment Day, an initiative launched by His Grace Bishop Munib A. Younan.

Palestinian Environment Day will be celebrated annually with a focus on raising awareness about the Palestinian environmental situation. This day aims to fight for environmental rights, for sustainability of the environment, and to show both locals and visitors the Palestinian landscape.

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