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

Historic Iraqi church to be rebuilt.

The rebuilding of a Syriac Catholic church in Mosul, Iraq, destroyed by ISIS will begin soon, the UN’s heritage agency (UNESCO) has announced. Al-Tahera church, in the old city of Mosul, was severely damaged after ISIS invaded the city in June of 2014. Among numerous documented murders and other atrocities committed against Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in

February 20th, 2020|

Card Zenari: risk of a humanitarian catastrophe in Syria with the Church as a field hospital.

In two months, the offensive against Idlib has generated around 700,000 new IDPs. One of the Church’s main missions is to deal with the humanitarian crisis. Some 30,000 people, mostly Muslims, have benefitted from its Open Hospitals project in the past three years. Its task is to heal bodies and help rebuild society. Damascus (AsiaNews) – A “humanitarian catastrophe" is

February 20th, 2020|

‘We Need to Do Something to Give Hope to Our People in Syria’.

An interview with Sister Annie Demerjian of the Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary The city of Aleppo, long known as the industrial capital of Syria, with thousands of factories and workshops, was reduced to demolished buildings and rubble-strewn streets during a bloody siege from 2012 to 2016. Hundreds of people were killed ,and thousands fled the city. Amid

February 20th, 2020|

The story of Fr. Fergus, organist at St Saviour and the Holy Sepulchre.

Fr. Fergus Clarke is a Franciscan who has been at the service of the Custody for more than twenty years. He can be heard playing in the convent of St Saviour or during the solemn celebrations at the Holy Sepulchre, where he is the assistant organist. However, his calling to become a Franciscan in the Holy Land was very particular

February 20th, 2020|

Holy Land: a pilgrimage in the middle of winter.

Commissioner of the Holy Land "This pilgrimage takes place in the middle of winter in the Holy Land and as a guide, part of my responsibility is to check the weather, every day, and see if it is easy or difficult to walk the streets of the old city, or go to other places. We are in winter: it is

February 20th, 2020|

The Catholic schools in Gaza and the English language.

It is from a school path as "open" as possible that the very small Christian community in Gaza tries to start again. The Catholic Institutes - the one run by the Sisters of the Rosary, and the two of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem - welcome about 2100 students, from kindergarten to high school. With one paradox: about 90% of

February 20th, 2020|

Interview with Fr. Mario Cornioli, a “Fidei Donum” priest in service of the Holy Land.

INTERVIEW – Fr. Mario Cornioli, an Italian “Fidei Donum” priest for the Latin Diocese of Jerusalem, in the parish of St. Joseph, Jabal Amman in Jordan, agreed to talk to the Media Office of the Latin Patriarchate about the activity of the Habibi Valtiberina Association, of which he is the director. 1. The Habibi Valtiberina Association – as read on

February 20th, 2020|

Experts begin “mapping” ancient floor of Holy Sepulchre.

Millions have walked site of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection over the centuries. It’s been almost three years since the Aedicule, the chapel built over the tomb of Jesus inside Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, has been restored. Now, the Custody of the Holy Land is undertaking a restoration of the floor of the church. Over the centuries, millions of

February 20th, 2020|

Caritas Jordan, schools of Greek Orthodox Patriarchate sign partnership agreement.

Caritas Jordan and the Administration of the schools of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate signed a partnership agreement on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. The agreement aims at supporting the educational process for about 1,100 male and female Syrian refugee students enrolled in public schools through six Greek Orthodox schools in Madaba, Zarqa, Irbid, Fuheis, Salt and Anjara. This agreement is part

February 13th, 2020|

Mideast Patriarchs Tell Pope They’re Concerned About Christian Survival.

BEIRUT -- In a private meeting with Pope Francis, Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East had an opportunity to sound the alarm regarding the survival of Christians in the region as a result of persecution, extremism, economic insecurity and immigration to the West. They provided Pope Francis with an overview of the general conditions of their countries and regions --

February 13th, 2020|