“Let us work together to replace despair with HOPE, fear with human SECURITY and humiliation with DIGNITY”

Latest News – Holy Land News

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

After blasts, Lebanese mobilize to pick up the pieces, physical and mental.

AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Church bells and the Muslim call to prayer sounded Aug. 11 to mark a minute of silence for those who perished in the explosion devastating much of Beirut and its port a week earlier. The port, badly damaged by a deadly explosion of 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate, resumed partial operations. But the same cannot be

August 13th, 2020|

Beirut, young Christians and Muslims: the thread of hope.

            Thousands of young people are busy clearing the city of debris and rubble; they help elderly people to survive; they offer water and food paying with their own money or collected from friends and relatives. Young Syrian refugees also join in efforts. A Syrian Protestant pastor, a Muslim who converted to Christianity, offers sandwiches

August 13th, 2020|

Lebanon priests recount horror as blast rocked church.

The video shows Father Rabih Thoumy swinging a chain censer sending incense into the air when abruptly there is a rumble and then a loud bang as the shockwave from Beirut’s devastating explosion slams into the church. Thoumy darts for cover as stained glass and other debris fall from above. The camera tips over, coming to rest focused on a

August 13th, 2020|

‘Christians in Lebanon can count on aid and prayers from ACN’.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED (ACN) has been working for decades with numerous different project partners in Lebanon—above all in the areas of pastoral care and help for refugees. This experience is proving to be a great advantage in the aftermath of the recent catastrophic explosion in the port of Beirut. ACN has immediately sent $300,000 in emergency aid

August 13th, 2020|

Lebanon’s explosion: When will the open wound heal?

On Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 6:09pm Lebanon turned over a new leaf in its modern history. It is a new leaf stained with blood, as well as smeared with despair, with the loss of beloved ones, and with hopelessness for a bright future. This massive explosion of tons of ammonium nitrate left the people aghast and unable for some

August 13th, 2020|

Voices From the Pandemic: In Palestine, a Time to Renew Faith.

Nadine Bitar is a member of the the Youth of Jesus Homeland group, a Christian youth ministry in Palestine. In March 2020, our social life suddenly stopped, and the world’s superpowers collapsed. We are entering a historical and hard time, they said. Thousands of people will die, and millions will be sick. What are you all talking about? Is it

August 12th, 2020|

Lebanon in Crisis: ‘Aid is Desperately Needed’.

The National Catholic Register is following developments in Lebanon closely, and interviewed CNEWA’s regional director in Beirut, Michel Constantin: Michel Constantin, regional director for the Beirut-based office of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), a Pontifical Mission, told the Register in a mobile phone interview no one has experienced this kind of explosive destruction in Lebanon — even in wartime.  The

August 12th, 2020|

Cardinal says Lebanon leaders should resign after Beirut blast.

Rome Newsroom, Aug 10, 2020- Lebanon’s Maronite Catholic patriarch called for the resignation of the entire Lebanese government Sunday, following the devastating explosion in Beirut last week. “The angry protest movements we witnessed yesterday confirms the impatience of the oppressed and humiliated Lebanese people, and indicates the determination to change for the better,” Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai said in his

August 12th, 2020|

Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of Jerusalem express compassion and solidarity with Lebanese people.

Statement of the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of Jerusalem on Beirut August 6th, 2020 We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of Jerusalem, stand aghast at the sight of the devastating and shockingly perplexing explosion that took place at the Beirut port on August 4th. The loss of life, injuries, and destruction cause our hearts to deeply ache as

August 11th, 2020|

The old port of Limassol hosts the “The Latins of Cyprus” exhibition.

LIMASSOL - On July 29, 2020, the inauguration of the exhibition “The Latins of Cyprus” took place now open in the renovated buildings of the warehouse of the Port Authority of Cyprus, located on the square of the old port of Limassol. Dimitris Syllouris, the Cypriot Parliament President, opened the exhibition. Andrea Cavallari, the Italian Ambassador, and Antonella Mantovani, the

August 11th, 2020|