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Patriarch Twal: Security Risks Can’t Stop Pope From His Mission PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 December 2014 07:23

altINTERVIEW  – Speaking on Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey this weekend, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem says security risks cannot prevent the Jesuit Pontiff from doing his mission and reaching out to the “periphery.” In an interview with Zenit on November 26, after the leader of the Italian bishops, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, returned from Gaza and spoke to his nation’s bishops in Assisi, His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal not only spoke about the need to courageously confront situations facing Turkey and the Holy Land, but also shared how the January meeting of European bishops will not be held in Europe, but rather in Jerusalem, and why. Speaking about the dramatic situation in the Holy Land, including Jerusalem’s recent upsurge in violence, the Jordanese-born Patriarch made an analogy to a mother and child to show what is to be understood about and done for the region.

Fr. Neuhaus: “Christians of the Holy Land are Called to Truth” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 November 2014 09:21

altHOLY LAND – the situation in Jerusalem is still very tense and fears of a third Intifada are there. At the center of this hot reality, what is the vocation of the Church in the Holy Land? Roberto Piermarini asked Fr David Neuhaus, Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics, in an interview with Radio Vatican.

A – Church is deep rooted on both sides. There is the Arab-speaking ancient Church which should live in solidarity with the Palestinian people in its difficult moments, in its fight for independence, for recognition: this Arabic-speaking segment of the Church should stay in deep solidarity with the Palestinian people, but always saying the truth, upholding the Christian position as regards violence and anything that is unlawful in the fight for rights, for equity.

Patriarch Twal in Gaza: “The Testimonial of the Church Is Always a Source of Consolation and Courage” PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 November 2014 08:56

altGAZA – On Sunday 23 November 2014 His Beatitude went to Gaza for the second time since the painful events of last Summer He was escorted by His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster in England.

At 7 a.m. the delegation left the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for Gaza. After having crossed the Israeli check-point, at the entrance of Gaza, the two prelates went forth to the Latin Parish, where faithful were waiting for them in order to celebrate together Holy Mass, on this day of the Lord. After Mass, Patriarchate and his distinguished guest met with the parishioners, before proceeding to the Greek Orthodox Church for a meeting with its pastor.

Fr. Gabriel Naddaf Does Not Represent Christians or Christianity in the Holy Land PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 November 2014 08:07


This priest has been a tool used by Israeli authorities to divide Christians living in Israel between those few who seek benefits out of serving in the Israeli army and those who are indigenous people of this land and who seek equal rights . Israel has taken Naddaf under its cover and now is sending him to international forums to present a manipulated picture of the Palestinian Christians. His church, the Greek Orthodox Church and community announced earlier their dismay over this man’s unacceptable actions. [i]  http://www.ehna.tv/play/3085/.

Israel's President is Opposed to "Nationality Law" PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 November 2014 07:47

altIsraeli President Reuven Rivlin has voiced his opposition to a law being considered by the parliament that would codify “Israel as the nation-state for Jews” – a law so divisive that many believe it will cause the fall of the Netanyahu government. Speaking to a conference organized by the State Prosecutor, Rivlin echoed criticism expressed by the attorney general – that the bill is redundant and unduly provocative to the nation’s non-Jewish population. 

HCEF President Returns From Trip To Chile Inspired, Encouraged, And More Hopeful For The Future Of The Diaspora PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 05:13

President and CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation Sir Rateb Rabie has returned from his trip to Chile - home to the largest population of Palestinians outside the Middle East - where he formed partnerships with the major Arab and Palestinian organizations in Chile. Sir Rateb met with these organizations and together they developed plans to support Palestinians in the Holy Land.


The Palestinian community of Chile is vibrant and growing, numbering over 350,000 individuals. The majority have roots in Bait Jala, Bethlehem, and Bait Sahour, cities of the greater Bethlehem governorate. This report will present the highlights of this journey. 

Conference on Christians and "Arab Springs". Father Bader: A Historical Phase Which Was Followed Only By Negative Effects PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 November 2014 08:46

altAmman - The final document approved at the conclusion of the Conference on Christians and "Arab Springs", organized on 22 and 23 November in Amman, by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Al-Quds Center for Political Studies is called "Amman Declaration". The meeting was attended by parliamentarians and politicians of different nations of the Middle East, along with representatives of churches and Christian communities, such as the Chaldean Archbishop of Kirkuk, Mgr. Yousif Thomas Mirkis.

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