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Jerusalem in Danger: Why It Matters

So, why does Jerusalem particularly matter? What is President Trump exactly threatening in declaring that “Jerusalem is off the table,” moving the U.S. embassy and recognizing Israel’s complete sovereignty over the occupied city? In a word, Trump’s peremptory gesture aims to destroy the “living stones” of Jerusalem. That, of course, is the poetic term that Palestinian Christians use to describe

May 18th, 2018|

WCC calls for just peace and an end to impunity in the Holy Land

World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit condemned use of excessive violence by Israeli forces against civilian protestors in Gaza during last week in which many have lost their lives or lost their loved ones, and is particularly worried that some Christians are celebrating the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem as a gift

May 18th, 2018|

Catholic Bishops: the massacre in Gaza could have been avoided. Jerusalem can also be the capital of Palestine

Jerusalem- The dozens of deaths and about 3 thousand people wounded during the Palestinian protests organized at the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel could have been avoided "if non-lethal tools had been used by the Israeli forces". The Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land are pointing their finger at the Israeli army, who yesterday, Tuesday, May 15,

May 17th, 2018|

Europe’s bishops join call for prayer for peace in Holy Land, ME

In a statement on Wednesday, the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe appealed for protecting life at all costs in the region, and urged all to join a peace prayer on May 19.   Europe’s Catholic bishops on Wednesday lent their support to the appeal of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land for peace in region, stressing the

May 17th, 2018|

Pope appeals for peace in the Holy Land, Middle East

At Wednesday’s general audience, Pope Francis expressed concern at the escalation of violence in the Middle East and urged for peace.   Pope Francis on Wednesday once more expressed his deep concern at the worsening violence in the Middle East.  “I am very concerned at the escalation of tension in the Holy Land and in the Middle East, and the spiral

May 17th, 2018|

FORUM: ‘The United States and the Holy See: An Enduring Vision for Peace and Freedom,’ by Ambassador Callista Gingrich

Since taking up my post as United States Ambassador to the Holy See on December 22, 2017, I’ve often been asked to explain the benefits of maintaining an embassy to the Vatican. After all, the territory of the Holy See, the government of the Roman Catholic Church, occupies less than one quarter of a square mile.  So why do we

May 17th, 2018|

Pope’s Lamborghini Auctioned for Nearly $1 Million to Benefit Iraqi Christians

A luxury Lamborghini Huracan donated to Pope Francis last autumn has fetched nearly $1 million at a Sotheby’s auction May 12 in Monaco. The sportscar, which lists at around $400,000, sold for an impressive $970,000, most of which will go toward rebuilding the Iraqi city of Nineveh, which was occupied and raided by the Islamic State in 2014. Members of Lamborghini’s top

May 17th, 2018|

The Diocese of Jerusalem prays for peace in the Holy Land

To all the priests, religious men and women and to the faithful of the Latin Diocese of Jerusalem, May the Lord give you peace! In these days we are witnessing another outburst of hatred and violence, which is once again bleeding all over the Holy Land. The lives of so many young people have once again been shut down and

May 15th, 2018|

Bishop Azar Condemns Killing of Unarmed Protestors in Gaza

ELCJHL Bishop Condemns Killing of Unarmed Protestors in Gaza Official Statement From Bishop Sani Ibrahim Azar 15 May 2018, Jerusalem - Israel’s violent action against unarmed protestors at the Gaza border has resulted in the deaths of at least 60 human beings and more than 2000 injuries among whom are children and women. Our church, the ELCJHL, strongly condemns these killings

May 15th, 2018|

Praying for a peacemaker: What do Iraq’s elections mean for the remaining Christians?

Iraqis go the polls on Saturday (12 May) for the first time since the military defeat of Islamic State, whose campaign of terror against non-Muslims pushed thousands of the country’s last Christians to flee their homeland. Only about 200,000 to 300,000 Christians are thought to remain in Iraq now, mostly in the Nineveh Plains and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in

May 15th, 2018|