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Latest News – Holy Land News 2017-02-17T14:17:42+00:00

Jerusalem: When will the Holy City witness Peace?

President Donald J. Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is problematic, to say the least. It is more pragmatic than principled, more political than ideological or religious, and more of a reward to his supporters at home than a wise decision based on a deep appreciation of the history and spirit of Jerusalem. President Trump’s 11-minute, 1240-word statement disregards

December 15th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

Summit in Bkerké: Christian and Muslim leaders united in “no” to US choices on Jerusalem

Bkerké - Every unilateral attempt to impose Jerusalem as the exclusive capital of the State of Israel represents an "unjust" act and contrary to all international pronouncements concerning the profile of the Holy City. This is what Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros said during the opening of the inter-religious summit at the patriarchal seat of Bkerké to express a joint position

December 14th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

Armenian Catholicos Aram I also deplores Trump’s decisions on Jerusalem

Antelias - The choice of the US Administration to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem in Israel has "negative repercussions" on the already unstable Middle Eastern scenario, and risks jeopardizing the entire peace process. This was reiterated by Aram I, Armenian Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, during the General Assembly of the Catholicosate, held in recent days in

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After the war years, the monastery of Deir Mar Musa flourishes again

Nebek - There is still no news about the fate of the Roman Jesuit Paolo Dall'Oglio, kidnapped at the end of July 2013 while he was in Raqqa. But the monks and nuns of the monastic community of Khalil Allah, which he founded in the restored Syrian monastery of Deir Mar Musa, have released a Christmas letter in which they

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Patriarch Raï: the US move on Jerusalem “slap in the face of the Christians of the East”. Islam-Christian summit tomorrow in Bkerkè

Beirut - The US Administration’s decision to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "is a slap in the face of Palestinians, Christians, Muslims and all the Arabs". President Donald Trump's move "has demolished the peace efforts between Israel, Palestine and Arab countries, has fueled the fire of a new intifada and transformed Jerusalem, the city of

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Amman: Churches of the Kingdom organize a candle march for Jerusalem

The bishops and heads of Churches in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan organized a silent candle march on Wednesday, December 13, to express rejection of the decision undertaken by the US Administration to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem and to recognize the city as the capital of Israel. The march set off from the Church of the Greek Orthodox Entry

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The Pope on Jerusalem: need to respect the Status quo and UN resolutions. Father Abdo: the risk of a new Intifada

Jerusalem - "My thoughts now go to Jerusalem, regarding which I cannot silence my deep concern about the situation that has developed over the last few days and, at the same time, make a heartfelt appeal for everyone to respect the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations Resolutions". With these words, at the end

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Pope Francis condemns “wanton brutality” of Egyptian mosque attack

EL-ARISH, Egypt - Pope Francis sent a message saying he is “profoundly grieved to learn of the great loss of life caused by the terrorist attacks on the Rawda mosque in North Sinai.” Militants attacked a crowded mosque during Friday prayers in the Sinai Peninsula, setting off explosives, spraying worshippers with gunfire and killing at least 235 people in the

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Saudis Target Lebanon, the Hope of Middle-Eastern Christians

In the context of of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation, Pope Francis and Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai are trying to keep the peace for the Middle East’s best model for future stability. BEIRUT — Twenty years ago, when St. John Paul II arrived in Lebanon, he proclaimed the country’s important “historical mission” was to show the world how “different faiths