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Heads of Churches express concern at mounting tension around Haram ash-Sharif

STATEMENT – Please find below the statement of the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem regarding the mounting tension around al-Haram ash-Sharif. We, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, express our serious concern regarding recent escalation in violent developments around Haram ash-Sharif and our grief for the loss of human life, and strongly condemn any act of violence. We are worried

July 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

The son of a Coptic killed by jihadists donates the sum for the families of the victims to a mosque and a church

Minya - Young Coptic Michael Atef Munir, son of one of the victims of the massacre of the Coptic pilgrims killed on May 26 in a jihadist ambush, announced he wants to donate the money that the Egyptian government set aside for the relatives of the victims of terrorism to a mosque and a church in the province of Minya.

July 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Aleppo, Mozart’s Mass in the church still in ruins. The Maronite Archbishop: It is a sign of the rebirth of the martyred city

Aleppo - The Maronite cathedral of Sant'Elia, in the historic Al-Jdayde area, is still without a roof, hit by the many mortar blows that devastated it during the Syrian conflict. Right there on the evening of Tuesday, July 11th, more than a thousand inhabitants crowded the aisles in the open and the square in front of the church to listen

July 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Middle Eastern Christians Propose a Safe Haven in Iraq

Representatives of the Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac Christian political parties have produced a position paper which outlines their desire to establish self-governance. In the very land from which Christianity was born, the Faithful have suffered terrible, unspeakable oppression, blatant discrimination, torture and holy martyrdom at the hands of those who reject peace and love. Now, that the failed “ISIL” is

July 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Holy tattoo! A 700-year old Christian tradition thrives in Jerusalem

Jerusalem, Jul 9, 2017 - In the Old City of Jerusalem it's hard to escape the ancient history that's still alive within its walls. A simple smartphone search can send you on a walk to a centuries-old shop, bring you to the steps of a millennium-old Church, or lead you past the 3,000 year-old Temple Mount – all bursting with people

July 11th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Abbas spokesman joins top Fatah committee

The appointment of Nabil Abu Rudeineh in a unanimous vote June 19 as a member of the ruling Fatah Central Committee is the latest sign of the unique relationship between Fatah and Palestinian Christians. Abu Rudeineh, a Christian Palestinian from Bethlehem, has been the official spokesman for the Palestinian presidency since the days of President Yasser Arafat. Afif Safieh, a member of the

Chaldean Patriarch: “sadness and concern” for the issue of Iraqi Christians whom the US government wants to expel

Baghdad - The Chaldean Church closely follows, with sadness and concern, the developments in the judicial proceedings with which the United States of America is preparing to expel 114 Iraqis, largely Chaldean Christians, arrested and affected by the expulsion measure, due to new measures taken by Trump’s administration to counter migratory flows from Middle Eastern Countries, considered at risk of

June 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Muslims and Christians gathered at the House of Abraham for iftar

JERUSALEM – Tuesday, June 13, 2017, the House of Abraham, located in Ras Al Amud, a neighborhood in East Jerusalem, hosted more than sixty Christians and Muslims to share a traditional meal breaking the fast. It has become a ritual. Since 2015, the House of Abraham, administered by Secours Catholique – Caritas France, annually hosts various representatives of the Church

June 21st, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Cardinal Zenari: signs of “improvement” in Syria but Christians continue to suffer

In Aleppo, up to two-thirds of the Christian population has left the city, about half has left the rest of the country. Jobs must be provided for those who remain, education to their children, and "spiritual support" so that they can continue the mission of "bearing witnesses to Christ" in a Muslim-majority country. Next week, the cardinal will meet with

June 21st, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

INTERVIEW: ‘The Holy See Can Play a Unique Role for Reconciliation’

A Conversation With Latin Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah “The Holy See can play a unique role for reconciliation in the Holy Land between Israelis and Palestinians. It is accepted by both sides. It is above parties . . . it is a unique entity which can offer mediation,” said Monsignor Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, in an interview

June 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |