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Holy Land Coordination Wraps Up Pilgrimage with Call for Action

For fifty years the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza have languished under occupation. An occupation – reads the final communiqué of the Holy Land Coordination 2017 – that violates the human dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis. As the group of Catholic Bishops who make up the “Holy Land Coordination” wrap up this year’s pilgrimage in support of those

January 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Iraqi Muslim Builds Crucifix for Church That Was Destroyed by ISIS

As Iraqi forces continue to liberate lands from the Islamic State, many Christians who have returned to their villages have found their churches destroyed by the terrorist group. Some Muslims are reaching out to the persecuted Christians as they try to rebuild their communities. In a church in the city of Mosul, a Muslim named Marwan decided to build a

January 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Russian Orthodox Church Will Actively Participate In Restoring Syrian Churches

“Of course we will take part in the restoration of churches, but first of all we must restore peace in the country,” Met. Hilarion (Alfeyev) said on Tuesday in a meeting with students of the Moscow State Linguistic University, reports Interfax-Religion. “It’s hard to begin restoring churches when this or that territory is constantly changing hands,” he continued, assuring the

January 18th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Opening of the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians

His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II participated in the opening of the Week of Prayer for the Unity of Christians in Lebanon, held at the Church of the Synod of the National Evangelical Churches in Syria and Lebanon, in Rabieh, Lebanon. His Excellency Rev. Salim Sahyouni was also present as well as the representatives of the Patriarchs and the

January 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Pope Francis Meets with Mahmoud Abbas as the Palestinian Embassy to the Holy See is Inaugurated

The 20-minute meeting was held in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. For Abbas, the pontiff "loves the Palestinian people and loves peace." He hopes that other countries will follow the Holy See and recognise Palestine as "an independent state." Concerns remain over the Holy Places. The Middle East Peace Conference starts tomorrow in Paris. Abbas criticises Trump for his statements

January 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Archbishop Pizzaballa meets with Jordan’s Prince Al-Hassan bin Talal

AMMAN – On Thursday, January 12, 2017, His Royal Highness Prince Al-Hassan bin Talal met with Archbisop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate, accompanied by Bishop Maroun Lahham, Latin Patriarchal in Amman and Chancellor George Ayyoub. The Apostolic Administrator discussed with His Highness the latest developments in the region and the available means to achieve security and stability. Most

The Rev. S. Ibrahim Azar New Bishop-Elect: ELCJHL Synod Elects Other Officers

Jerusalem, 14 January 2017 – Gathered in Beit Jala, Palestine, the Synod of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL) elected The Rev. Ibrahim Azar, pastor of The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Jerusalem, as bishop-elect of the church. In a democratic election, 38 voting members of the ELCJHL voted for Rev. Azar, the only

January 16th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

Pope, Palestinian president discuss peace process; embassy opened

Pope Francis met Saturday, January 14, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Vatican. Following the audience, the Holy See Press Office issued the following press release: "This morning the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Excellency Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, president of the State of Palestine, who subsequently met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied

January 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East

Elizabeth Kendal, an international religious liberty analyst and advocate, has published a book titled After Saturday Comes Sunday: Understanding the Christian Crisis in the Middle East. The book explores the state and future of the Christians of the Middle East. Dr. Kendal authors the weekly Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, serves as the Director of Advocacy for Christian Faith and Freedom

January 13th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Syrian Prelate Urges West to End Sanctions and Support for Rebels

Syria’s leading Catholic prelate is calling on Western nations to end their sanctions against the Syrian government and their support for rebel factions. Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem III Younan told Vatican Radio: “I still hope that the Western countries—that means the Western politicians—would agree to stop financing and arming [rebels], because otheriwse there will be no end to the

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