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What is the “Holy Land”? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 October 2014 06:41

altReflection – The answer seems obvious, yet the term “Holy Land” alone calls to mind millennia of history: the stories of different people and different countries.  From a geographical, biblical and spiritual perspective without dismissing political or apolitical considerations, the question “What is the Holy Land” is placed in a context of perhaps not having an answer but an invitation to reflection. 

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Cardinal Koch on Hope for Closer Catholic-Orthodox Relations PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 October 2014 02:01

altThe head of the Vatican’s Council for Christian Unity says he regrets that Catholics and Orthodox leaders are unable to give a stronger sign of unity for Christians suffering persecution in the Middle East.

Cardinal Kurt Koch has just returned from a meeting in Amman where he served as co-president of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches. A communique released on Wednesday reflects the difficulties the two sides encountered in the search for agreement on the theme ‘Synodality and Primacy’ which has been at the heart of the discussions since a 2007 plenary meeting in Ravenna, Italy.

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16th International Conference Empowering Women in Palestinian Society PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 16:22

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From Left : Mrs. Claudette Habesch, Mrs. Najat Khalil, Mrs. Moura Erakat, Ms. Bethany Saad

Women play a critical role in Palestinian politics, civil society and many other sectors. They form the backbone of Palestinian culture and society both within Palestine and outside it in the diaspora. Our panel on "Empowering Women in Palestinian Society" will elaborate the important contribution women are making to Palestine in these fields and more regardless of geography.

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Fr. Rif'at Bader Conveys a“Christian Arab” Gratitude to King Abdullah PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2014 06:13

altThe "issue of the Christian Arabs" has always been the main concern of His Majesty the King. In addition to the historic initiatives which Jordan hosted and founded--to become conspicuously global in today's world where religion has a say in large and minute affairs--His Majesty’s address at the United Nations this year has had resounding global media reverberations. The Christian Arabs are an integral part of the fabric, even if this Arab fabric is torn apart, as His Majesty said: “Arab Christians are an integral part of our region’s past, present, and future."

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Bishop Younan Attends the FMEEC Conference On Evangelicals and Christian Presence in The East PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2014 05:10

altThis Conference comes as a follow up to FMEEC’s previous conference on the same topic that was held in Beirut, Lebanon in 2012. It also comes at a very critical moment in our history because of the tragically deteriorating situation of Christians in the Middle East region, but especially in Iraq and Syria; where widespread proliferation of “takfiri” terrorism and violence, unprecedented in Middle East history, has wrought waves of killing, destruction and displacement. All this, is in addition to the tension and violence currently prevailing in Palestine and Lebanon.

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Leaders In Inter-Faith Dialogue Stand Up to Abuse of Religion to Justify Violent Conflict PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 29 September 2014 04:58

altThe deplorable violence and the humanitarian crisis in Northern Iraq and Syria, as well as in other parts of the world, call for a united response. To help build a united international front to bring peace to these regions, the Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Austria, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Kingdom of Spain today signed a declaration affirming dialogue as a path to lasting peace and social cohesion.

The Foreign Minister of Austria, Sebastian Kurz, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Spain, Gonzalo de Benito Secades, and Reverend Father Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot of the Founding Observer, the Holy See, signed the declaration during a Ministerial Meeting of the Council of Parties to the KAICIID Dialogue Centre in New York on 25 September 2014.

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U.S. Bishops: Even the Barrier Wall and the New Colonies Close the Door to Peace PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 26 September 2014 09:34

altWashington - In the Holy Land, "the route of the barrier wall, the confiscation of Palestinian lands in the West Bank, especially now in the Bethlehem area and the Cremisan Valley, and any expansion of settlements threaten to undermine the two-state solution". This is what was expressed in a statement from 18 US prelates who made a prayer pilgrimage to Israel and the Palestinian Territories organized by the US Episcopal Commmision for justice and international peace, presided over by Bishop Richard E. Pates of the Diocese of Des Moines. In the days of the pilgrimage, held shortly after the last Israeli military operation in Gaza, the Bishops speak of "having encountered pain, intransigence and cynicism. But also saw signs of inspiration and hope". Many reported - they write - that the window of opportunity for peace was narrowing dangerously. If it closes, the futures of both Palestinians and Israelis will be harmed".

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