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Vatican: Int. Community must Stop Unjust Aggressor in Iraq PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 01:47
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi is calling on the international community to take concrete steps to stop the ongoing violence and persecution of minorities in northern Iraq, to reestablish a just peace and to protect all vulnerable groups of society.
Speaking on Monday at the 22nd Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Archbishop Tomasi who is the Permanent Representative of the Holy See to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, said "adequate steps must be taken to achieve these goals".
Pope to Meet Shimon Peres September 4th PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2014 15:28
Pope Francis will receive Israel’s former President Shimon Peres at the Vatican on Thursday, the Holy See has confirmed.
The visit comes almost three months since Peres took part in the Pope’s Invocation for Peace in the Holy Land, together with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I.
The meeting will also take place in the wake of a seven week conflict between Israel and Hamas that cost over 2,000 lives, most of them Palestinian civilians. 
Peres, who has visited Pope Francis several times during this pontificate, stood down as Israeli President on July 24. 
Conflicts Engulf Christians in Mideast PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2014 15:12
WASHINGTON—According to a study by the Pew Research Center the number of Middle Eastern countries experiencing sectarian violence between religious groups has doubled from five to 10 since 2011.
The research finds an increase in faith-based hostilities and that Christians faced persecution in growing number of countries in the region.
In this climate of religious intolerance, experts say nearly one million Christians have been displaced from Iraq, half a million have left Syria, and Egypt’s Copts have lost scores of their churches to arsons. In Jerusalem, the cradle of Christianity, the number of Christians has been dwindling for decades.
Catholic Schools Cancel Strike, but Israeli Government Talks of ‘Take Over’ PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2014 08:33
Jerusalem - The past two years have been difficult for Catholic schools in Israel, particularly from the financial point of view: the Education Ministry has repeatedly reduced both subsidies to schools and grants to families. This caused considerable deficit for several schools last year. The Israeli authorities say Catholic schools there should become ‘state’ schools”: this would allow them to survive but at the high price of loss of specificity and identity. The Catholic community in the Holy Land considers the government position discriminatory and unacceptable. 
Pope to Gaza's Catholics: Be Christ's Witness in Midst of Conflict PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 September 2014 07:53
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -The priest leading the Gaza Strip's only Catholic parish met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, thanking him for his support of those suffering in the war-torn territory.
Argentine Father Jorge Hernandez of the Institute of the Incarnate Word had a 45-minute private meeting with the pope Aug. 29 -- just days after the start of a truce between Israel and Hamas, which controls the coastal territory.
The 36-year-old priest told Vatican Radio that the pope continued to offer his prayers and encouragement.
Patriarch Twal lauds Jordan’s Support for Mosul Christians PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2014 06:04
JORDAN- on Wednesday, August 27, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal  visited Mosul Christians displaced in Jordan. He lauded Jordan’s official efforts designed to alleviate the suffering of Christians in Mosul and the persecution conducted against them.
During a visit to the Catholic Church-affiliated centers that house the displaced from Mosul and other Iraqi cities, Patriarch Twal said: “His Majesty King Abdullah II has consistently shown interest in preserving the Arab Christian identity as he called last year for the convening of a conference to discuss the challenges facing the Christian Arabs. These days, he is translating, through his sublime deeds, his love and care to open the doors of the Kingdom to receive the brothers and sisters fleeing from persecution and oppression.
Ahli Arab Hospital Gaza Emergency Response PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 August 2014 04:35

GAZA- August 26, 2014. As a ceasefire agreement was reached, the hope now is that fighting will end permanently from both sides and that people will start to recover.  The Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and The Middle East Diocese of Jerusalem published a report about the situation of Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza and its needs for this early recovery period.

1. General Update

A ceasefire agreement was reached on 26 August 2014. The hope is that fighting will end permanently from both sides and that people will start to recover. 
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