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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.

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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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International Women's Day PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 16 March 2014 12:33

On March 8, 2014, the Birzeit Senior Citizen Center (BSCC) welcomed a delegation from the Palestinian Youth Union, visiting to celebrate International Women's Day. The celebration began inside the senior citizen center with speeches from the elderly that reflected on the essential value of women in Palestine today. 

Eng. Anthony Habash, HCEF Regional Director, expressed his thoughts: “It is vital that we take the time to consider how our elderly women have helped sustain Palestinian life and culture. These women have endured through conflict and have dedicated their lives to their families and their land. Every one of them is a mother of Palestine, mothers to us all. This is something to celebrate, not just today, but every day as Palestine perseveres thanks to the diligence of its women.”

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Maaloula Nuns Released: “An Olive Branch in The Midst of a Flood” PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 March 2014 02:48
DAMASCUS – On Sunday,  March 9, after three months of captivity, 13 Syrian and Lebanese nuns and their three aids kidnapped in Syria were liberated.  A humanitarian gesture which is also a sign of hope for the other hostages held in the region.
 
The nuns are  from the Monastery of St. Thecla, located in the village of Maaloula, some 50 km north west of Damascus, and were in charge of an orphanage.
The nuns were released on Sunday at the Lebanese borders.  They arrived in Damascus on Monday, after a nine-hour trip, and were welcomed by religious authorities.
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HCEF Welcomes Four New Members to the Board of Directors PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 08:53

altThe Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation is honored to announce four new additions to our Board of Directors: Father Drew Christiansen, S.J., Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Global Human Development at Georgetown University; Osama Kishek; Samer Korkor, Esq.; and Bishara Bahbah, Ph.D.

HCEF's Board of Directors are respected members of the community who support efforts to bring justice, peace, and prosperity to the Christians of the Holy Land, and who also share HCEF's goals for humanitarian support of those who suffer oppression in the Holy Land.

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Kidnapped Nuns’ Harrowing Ordeal Ends PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 March 2014 09:53

altBEIRUT: Thirteen nuns were freed late Sunday by Syrian rebels in exchange for the release by Damascus of more than 150 Syrian women prisoners following Lebanese and Qatari mediation, officials said, putting an end to an ordeal that lasted more than three months and won world sympathy.

Officers from Lebanon’s General Security received the nuns on the outskirts of the Lebanese northeastern town of Arsal.

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Caritas Jerusalem Resolves Water Emergencies in Two Palestinian Cities PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 March 2014 08:04

altRamallah - The problems in the management of water resources in the Palestinian Territories in different forms penalize the lives of the local population. The general scarcity of water is accompanied by paradoxical situations in which the territorial configuration causes flooding problems in case of rain.

Two completed projects by Caritas Jerusalem in recent weeks have addressed and resolved in a few months emergencies that weighed heavily on the daily life of the inhabitants of two Palestinian cities. This was reported by official sources of Caritas Jerusalem.

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