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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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King Renews Commitment to Protecting Christians PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:33

altAMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday said that co-existence and fraternity among Muslims and Christians living in Jordan stand as a distinct model in the Middle East. He made his remarks at a meeting with a number of leaders of Christian denominations from Eastern churches in neighbouring countries along with representatives of international Christian organisations, according to a Royal Court statement.

The King underscored the need to foster interfaith dialogue between followers of different religions in a manner that maximises commonalities and entrenches tolerance and moderation as a universal approach to all religions. He called for bolstering stakeholders' efforts to address challenges imposed by the spread of hatred, terrorism and fanaticism that have nothing to do with the values the three monotheistic religions promote. 

The Monastery of Mar Behnam Profaned by the Militiamen of the Islamic State PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 October 2014 07:51

altQaraqosh - The militiamen of the self-proclaimed "Islamic Caliphate" have removed the crosses and burned ancient manuscripts in the ancient Monastery of Mar Behnam, ten minutes from the city of Qaraqosh, that they had occupied since last July. Confirmation of the desecration came from the former village chief adjacent to the monastery, which he communicated to the Syriac Catholic priest Charbel Issa, who until three years ago, was in charge of the Monastery.

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