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2014 in Review: The ELCJHL Through Photos PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 04:59

altWe would like to thank all of you who have supported us throughout the year.  Without your love, prayers, and donations, we wouldn't be who we are.  We've collected some of our favorite photos from the year to share with you.  To see even more great events, you're also welcome to visit our photo gallery and explore.

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More Than 7,000 Christian Refugees from Iraq; Caritas Jordan: "In Two Months We Will Not Have any more Resources to Assist Them" PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 08:54

altAmman – There are now more than 7000 Iraqi Christians who have fled from Mosul and Nineveh Plain and have found refuge in Jordan and the resources available for their assistance will end within two months. The warning comes from Wael Suleiman, director of Caritas Jordan. "70 percent of Christian refugees - reports Suleiman to Agenzia Fides - is concentrated in the Amman area. A thousand of them are housed in 18 parishes, others have found accommodation in houses. They live dreaming of escaping to America, Australia and Europe, this situation mainly has affects on school age boys and girls: they spend days doing nothing, also because, for bureaucratic reasons, they have no access to Jordanian schools".

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Jewish Council for Public Affairs Visits the Patriarchate PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:53

altJERUSALEM – An official delegation of the JCPA, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs from the United Sates, paid a visit to the Latin Patriarchate, Thursday, December 11. The Patriarch, Archbishop Fouad Twal, with two other bishops, presented their difficulties and progress, with reference to the Christians in the country, with the hope of advancing some projects on a dead-end track for a long time.

It was a ceremonial visit. Every year, a delegation of the JCPA travels to the Holy Land to meet with Christians, Jews and Muslims, to listen to their voices of suffering and hope. Led by Rabbi David Rosen, the delegates come from a dozen American Jewish associations.

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The Syro-Catholic Bishops: Let Us Apply the Principles of the "Declaration of Al-Azhar" PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 December 2014 07:45

altRome - The leaders of the great powers and rulers of Iraq must "hasten the release of Mosul and Nineveh Plain" from the jihadists of the Islamic State, so that the refugees who fled from those lands can return to live in their own homes in peace and security. This is how the appeal in the document begins, released by the Syro-Catholic Bishops at the end of their annual Synod, held in Rome from 8 to 10 December, under the presidency of His Beatitude Ignace Youssif III, Patriarch of Antioch of the Syrians. The summary of the Synod text, divided into 9 points, expresses expectations, considerations and projects of the pastors of the Catholic Church of the Eastern Rite with regards to the problems experienced by the peoples of the Middle East, with particular reference to the difficulties and suffering faced by local Christian communities.

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Palestine From Biblical Times Until This Day PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 December 2014 05:13

altJERUSALEM – A comeback on Palestine and on history-deep roots of the Palestinian identity with Fr. Peter Hanna Madros, Doctor in Biblical times, in charge since 2003 of Biblical Pastoral work within the diocese of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Coming back on the origins of Palestine, Fr Peter points out incoherence among those who wish to be called “Aramaeans” to differentiate from other Palestinians. As a matter of fact, all Palestinian talked Aramaic, and later  Arabic.

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Seeking The Light PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:32

altReflection by Saliba Sarsar, Ph.D. HCEF Secretary of the Board of Directors

As ignorance and extremism overtake parts of our world, particularly the Middle East, tragedies and waves of fear surround us.  We feel stranded on deserts of despair and hopelessness.  Where have we gone astray?  Why conflict?  How will our experience of pain end?  When in darkness, we must always seek the light.

Lest we forget during this special season of light, Jesus Christ was born in challenging times. The unjust Roman rule saw centurions imposing law and order and turning innocent inhabitants of the land into second-class citizens.  In addition to fulfilling the tithe and sacrifice obligations of their religion, the people had to pay heavy taxes, leading many to poverty, hunger, and debt.

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Mass in Cremisan: Keep On Praying PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 05:12

altBEIT JALA: Following the publication of the statement by the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land on Friday 5 December 2014 on the case of Cremisan, Mgr Shomali went there to celebrate Mass.

Mass was celebrated in presence of Parish Priest-Administrator of Beit Jala Parish, Fr. Faysal Hijazeen, his Vicar Fr Simon Hijazeen, representatives of Beit Jala Municipality, many foreign friends who came to show their solidarity, as well as landlords of threatened lands, representatives of local and international medias.

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