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Tourism of the Hashemite Kingdom Focuses on “Christian Places”

Biblical religious tourism and especially national "Christian heritage" are increasingly at the center of the Jordanian government strategies to encourage the flow of foreign visitors to the Hashemite Kingdom. In recent days manager Lina Annab, current Jordanian Minister for tourism and antiquities, carried out a "promotional" visit to Lebanon, with the aim to present to the representatives of the Churches

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Presentation of the Holy Sepulchre Restoration Project

On Wednesday, 9th/22nd February 2017, at the reception hall of the Patriarchate, there was a meeting of the Steering Committee and the Project’s Owner Committee, those in charge of the restoration project of the Holy Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre, i.e. His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, the Custodian of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Paton and

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Address of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem at the Anglican Church in Acre

On Tuesday evening, 8th/21st February 2017, the ceremony on the refurbishment of the Anglican Church of the Saviour took place in Acre. This Church has its origin in the 19th century, since the establishment of the Anglican Church in the Holy Land, and it serves the needs of the English Community in Acre and the surrounding area. His Beatitude our

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Jerusalem Archbishop Rededicates Israeli Church Closed for Nearly 80 Years

A service of rededication has taken place at St Saviour’s Church, in Acre in northern Israel, which was closed in the late 1940s. This rededication follows the re-opening and re-dedication of St Paul's Church in West Jerusalem in 2011 – which was closed around the same time. There are also plans to begin the renovation of a third church closed

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Iraqi Muslims Repair Christian church

It has been reported that Muslims in the frontline Iraqi city of Mosul have prepared the Virgin Mary Chaldean church for the benefit of Christian families returning after the left-bank of the coty was liberated from the grip of so-called Islamic State (ISIS). Having served as a logistical base for the terror group during its occupation of Mosul, the church

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Christians and Muslims on a Peace March from Erbil to Alqōsh

Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Chaldean Patriarch Mar Raphael Louis Sako has launched a ‘Peace March’ on Palm Sunday "open to Christians and Muslims", which "will set off from Erbil and end in Alqōsh" in the Nineveh Plain. People will be "on foot for one day" calling for an end to violence in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. “I will lead

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Interview: “We, Christian Minority in Egypt, Put All Our Trust in the Lord”

The Patriarch of Alexandria of the Copts, Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak, describes the situation being lived in the country, after the recent attacks against Christians, and talks about his meeting with the Pope Just over 3 million people, about 8% of the population of Egypt, data that goes back to 1986, the last census furnished by the Egyptian Authorities, on the

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Bethlehem going all out for Arab Idol

AMMAN: The Palestinian city of Bethlehem is going all out this week in support of the town’s nominee to the television music contest “Arab Idol.” Yacoub Shaheen, the city’s beloved son, will be competing on Friday along with fellow Palestinian Ameer Dandan and the Yemeni Ammar Mohammed. The city council has decided to erect a giant television screen at Nativity

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Vatican Officials Join Egyptian Muslim Leaders in Conference on Combatting Extremism

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, travels to Egypt this week to join in a conference at the Al Azhar University on combatting religious extremism. The conference, held at the leading institution of Sunni Islamic thought, will highlight the partnership formed by the Vatican and Al Azhar in “countering the phenomenon of fanaticism, extremism,

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Bishop Younan Niwano Peace Prize Recipient

Jerusalem, 20 February 2017 – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land is pleased to announce that on Monday, 20 February The Right Rev. Dr. Bishop Munib Younan was named the 34th recipient of the distinguished Niwano Peace Award for his work toward interreligious dialogue among Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Jerusalem and worldwide. Each year The

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