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It is Time for the Church to Act – By Rev. Dr. Fahed Abuakel

But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! Amos 5:24 (NIV) On December 6, 2017 when President Trump declared that “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel” and announced his plans to move the US embassy there, he mentioned nothing about the contested borders of Jerusalem, the illegal Israeli settlements that ring the city, or where

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Egypt: Ten dead in church attack near Cairo, attacker killed

A gunman opened fire on Mar Mina Church in Helwan, south of Cairo, on Friday, December 29, and was shot dead by policemen, police officials said. Egypt's Ministry of Health confirmed that ten people were killed in the attack. The church also issued a statement confirming one policeman and seven civilians dead. The gunman had opened fire outside the church,

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Jordan: King, government condemn Egypt terrorist attack on church

His Majesty King Abdullah II, on Friday, December 29, sent a cable to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, offering condolences over the loss of life in the terrorist attack that targeted Mar Mina church in Helwan district, south of Cairo. In the cable, His Majesty condemned the cowardly terrorist act, stressing Jordan's support for Egypt and its people to

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Bethlehem: Midnight Christmas Homily 2017 by Archbishop Pizzaballa

Following is the midnight Christmas homily by Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, at the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem on December 24, 2017: Dear Mr. President, Most Reverend Excellencies, Dear faithful, and all television viewers, May the Lord grant you all peace! We have come here once again to Bethlehem, where the

Christmas Returns to Northern Iraq

[EAST MOSUL, IRAQ] Just one year ago Mosul was the seat of the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate in Iraq. With 1.8 million people under siege, December was a time when residents used old furniture and cut down trees to keep warm and to cook whatever paltry edibles could be scrounged up –including roadside weeds and stray cats. Today, while Christians

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Knights of Columbus Donates Nearly $1 Million for Christmas Food for Iraqi Christians

NEW HAVEN -- The Knights of Columbus is giving a 30-day supply of food to 12,000 displaced or formerly displaced Christian families in northern Iraq to coincide with Christmas. "The Knights of Columbus is pleased to help bring a Merry Christmas to those displaced by ISIS or now returning home to recently liberated areas," said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson. "These Christians have lost

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Prince Hassan conveys Christmas well wishes

His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Ben Talal, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Institute of Inter-Faith Studies, on Tuesday, December 26, conveyed Christmas well wishes to Christian Jordanians at St. Mary of Nazareth Church in Amman in the presence of leaders and representatives of the Christian churches in the Kingdom, as well as Christian and Muslim

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Jerusalem violence, rain put damper on Bethlehem Christmas

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — It was a subdued Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus on Sunday, with spirits dampened by cold, rainy weather and recent violence sparked by President Donald Trump’s recognition of nearby Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Crowds were thinner than previous years as visitors, especially Arab Christians living in Israel and the West Bank, appeared to

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Abbas on Christmas: US recognition of Jerusalem added insult to millions of people

RAMALLAH – President Mahmoud Abbas Friday stated in a Christmas message that the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has been an “insult to millions of people worldwide and also to the city of Bethlehem”. Abbas said that the US President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem “has encouraged the illegal disconnection between the holy cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem,

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Pope & Jordan’s King Highlight Importance of Christians in Middle East

On Dec. 19, 2017, Pope Francis received in audience His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan. According to a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions with the king whose country the Argentine Pontiff visited in May 2014, during his visit to the Holy Land, were cordial. “The cordial conversations,” the statement noted, “focused above all on

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