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Father Jallouf Hanna Has Been Released PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 06:32

altAleppo - Father Hanna Jallouf OFM, the Franciscan parish priest kidnapped on the night of Sunday 5 and Monday, 6 October by a group of armed militants of the jihadist faction Jabhat al-Nusra has been released. This was confirmed to Fides Agency by Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, Patriarchal Vicar of Aleppo for the Catholics of the Latin rite. "We know that he is well, and this is important - says Bishop Abou Khazen - but there is no news of the release of the men who were kidnapped with him". The four women who had also been kidnapped had already been released yesterday.

Pope's Concern for Christians in Middle East Emerges at Family Synod PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 02:14

The consistory is to be held at the Vatican on Oct. 20, the day after the conclusion of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, which began Oct. 5.

“The Violence Needs to Stop!” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 01:46

altROME – A summit on Christians in the Middle East and the threats they face, called for by Pope Francis, was held from October 2-4, 2014 and brought together key leaders of the Curia Congregations and Apostolic Nuncios in Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Iran, Egypt and Turkey. They all reiterated their commitment to support Christians and asked the support of the international community.

On October 2, the Pope himself received, in the library of the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Bishops called for this meeting of greatest importance. He recalled that prayer is the first support for Christians and other religious minorities who suffer facing the threat of the Islamic State (IS).

Inside the Synod: Interview With His Beatitude Fouad Twal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 October 2014 01:19

altINTERVIEW – From inside the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family, Salt and Light spoke with His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. A video posted on Youtube on October 6, 2014.

The First Time a Christian Zionist Statement Has Ever Made Me Smile PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 10:06
altDear Friends,

In a prior reflection, I commented about the trend among some Western Christians to deny us our Palestinian identity, virtually banning the "P" word during dialogues regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I added that in some instances Western Christians have hijacked our identity and proclaimed themselves as our spokespersons

Shortly after publishing that reflection, two of the most prominent proponents of the Christian Zionist movement, National Chairman Pastor John Hagee and Executive Director David Brog of Christians United for Israel (CUI) issued the following statement:

Custody of the Holy Land: Fr. Jallouf and other Christians Kidnapped by the Jihadists Linked to Al-Nusra PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:32

altKnayeh - The Franciscan Fathers of the Custody of the Holy Land confirm that Fr. Hanna Jallouf, parish priest in Knayeh, on the night of October 5th, was taken by some brigades linked to Jahbat Al-Nusra. Along with Fr. Hanna, several men of the Christian village were also taken.

The number of those who were kidnapped is not specified. "The Franciscan nuns who were in the convent - the statement says, sent to Fides Agency - have taken refuge in some houses of the village".

Bishop Younan and Mainline Evangelical Churches Meet With Grand Imam of Al-Azhar PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:19

altAL-AZHAR, Egypt – With the help of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services (CEOSS), the leadership of the Mainline Evangelical Churches of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Jordan, and Egypt were given a chance to meet with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, His Excellency Ahmed Tayyib, the highest authority of Islam.

Led by Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki Stephanous, General Director of CEOSS and President of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches (FMEEC), and in the presence of the General Secretary of FMEEC, Mrs. Rosangela Jarjour, the heads of churches discussed the significance of Al-Azhar and the significance of the Grand Imam using his authority to speak out for moderate Islam.

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