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Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land and the Diaspora PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 04:05


HOLY LAND -At the heart of today’s burning issues in the region, Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land (Israel and Palestine), feel threatened, directly or indirectly, in many ways. How many of these Christians are there? Why did they emigrate in the past? And why are they still emigrating today?

Given that information is neither clear nor comprehensive, it would not be prudent to issue a definitive response or issue an official statement regarding these questions. But it is possible to return to some historical facts of an objective nature and to cautiously present the figures put forward by authors or researchers.

Fouad Twal: “The Recognition by London of the State of Palestine Is an Example to Be Followed” PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 03:52

altINTERVIEW – The decision of the House of Commons of the UK to recognize the State of Palestine is an example to be followed by  “other nations”, said the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal to Radio Vatican on 14 October 2014, on the sideline of the presentation to the Senate of his book-talk  “Jerusalem, Capital of Humanity”.

-It is a people like all others, who has the right to live in peace, to have a homeland, a capital,  a passport, stamps, currency .. I m not asking for any privilege.

حنا وعشراوي يؤكدان وحدة الفلسطينيين بالمساعي الدولية PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:57

altواشنطن- القدس دوت كوم- سعيد عريقات- عقدت "مؤسسة الأراضي المقدسة المسيحية المسكونية" مؤتمرها السنوي السادس عشر في العاصمة الأميركية بين 17 و 19 تشرين الأول 2014 وذلك بمشاركة الأب عطاالله حنا، رئيس أساقفة سبسطية للروم الأرثوذكس، وعضو اللجنة التنفيذية لمنظمة التحرير الفلسطينية الدكتورة حنان عشراوي، وسفير منظمة التحرير الفلسطينية في واشنطن معن عريقات، وعضو الكونغرس الأميركي الوحيد من أصل فلسطيني جاستن عماش (جمهوري عن ولاية ميشيغان)، وعشرات من المثقفين الفلسطينيين في الجامعات الأميركية مثل استاذة القانون في جامعة جورج ميسون الدكتورة نورة عريقات والباحث في معهد بروكينغز الدكتور خالد الجندي ومئات من أبناء الجالية الفلسطينية الأميركية، الذي شاركوا في برامج المؤتمر المختلفة على مدى ثلاث أيام متتالية.

Vandalism in Akraba: “Such Acts Do Not Encourage Peace-Making” PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 06:42

altAKRABA – The mosque of the small village of Akraba in Palestine was vandalized on Tuesday October 14 by a small extremist Jewish group “Price Tag”. Mgr Shomali went on a visit to the site two days later, accompanied by a delegation from Jerusalem and Birzeit, in order to condemn the acts and show his support.

Akraba is a small village, exclusively Moslem, of 12 000 inhabitants situated between Nablus and Ramallah, built on an area of 5 000 dunoms.  Round the village, about 200 000 dunoms of land belong to the Municipality, planted with olive trees, almond trees or used for cattle. On these same lands, there came up over the last years four Israeli settlements, Itamar being one of them; the relationship with the settlers is very tense.

Patriarch Twal at the Synod on the Family: “Formulate” Or “Discover” New Pastoral Paths PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 October 2014 07:46

altVATICAN CITY – On Wednesday, October 8, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal spoke at the Synod on the Family held in Rome.   He summarized the main challenges of families of the Holy Land, in order to generate the renewal of pastoral initiatives so that families can be faithful to their vocation. Following is the full text of his speech. 

Holy Father and dear Brothers,

To get to the root of the dramatic situation of the family, let us remember that  a radical change of culture is taking place both in the West and the East – the radical secularization, the absolutism of individual freedom, the autonomy of the person (even if God exists, he does not have to interfere in my life), which establishes a clear separation between faith and life.

Farouk Shami Urges Diaspora to Build Industry and Jobs in Palestine PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 October 2014 00:53

altPalestinian American businessman Farouk Shami, who has used his entrepreneurial success and his high public profile activism to strengthen a more positive image of Palestinians, urged the attendees at the 16th Annual Convention of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation to build a Palestinian State by directly investing in Palestine.

Shami, who was among several dozen speakers who advocated a stronger voice for Arab Christians and especially Christians from the Holy Land including Hanan Ashrawi and Jerusalem Archbishop Atallah Hanna, said that he has spent his life using his profile to educate Americans through example including when he ran for governor of Texas in 2010.

Ashrawi Warns Israel Destroying Christian Presence in the Holy Land at Middle East Christian Confab PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 October 2014 00:30

altLast September, Middle East Christians were thrust into a spotlight they have long deserved when U.S. Senator Ted Cruz told a questionable Washington D.C. group ostensibly organized to “defend them” that if they didn’t support Israel then they weren’t really Christians at all.

It was a shocking and hateful comment from an American politician who was clearly positioning himself to earn financial campaign support from Israel’s powerful lobby.

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