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

International bishops visiting Holy Land get look at complexities of Gaza Strip.

JERUSALEM (CNS) -- In addition to a sense of isolation, young people in the Gaza Strip are experiencing an unemployment rate of 70 percent, and most see emigration as their only solution, said Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese of the Military Services. "This is a challenge for young people," he told Catholic News Service Jan. 13. "They are

January 17th, 2020|

Young people in Gaza despite challenges changing the narrative for a better future, says Bishop Treanor.

The Holy Land Co-ordination group travels to Gaza to see for themselves the complexities of daily life there. Bishops from across Europe and North America are continuing their annual visit to the Holy Land in support of the local Christian community there. As part of their itinerary, the group visited Gaza at the weekend to see for themselves the political

January 17th, 2020|

Catholic Churches in Jordan celebrate 20th national pilgrimage to the Baptism Site.

On Friday, January 10, the Catholic Churches in Jordan marked the 20th anniversary of Christian and national pilgrimage to the Baptism Site of Lord Jesus Christ in the modern time, which is considered one of the most prominent Christian holy sites in the world. Prior to the start of the religious rites, the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM)

January 15th, 2020|

The Latin Patriarchate extends Christmas greetings at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.

JERUSALEM – On the morning of Thursday, January 9, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate, visited the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate to present his Christmas greetings. Accompanied by several bishops, he was received by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus III. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa was warmly welcomed by Patriarch Theophilus III on Thursday January 9, on the occasion of

January 15th, 2020|

Holy Land Coordination to have pastoral focus on Christians in Gaza, Ramallah and East Jerusalem.

HOLY LAND – From January 11- 16, 2020, European and North American Bishops will pay their annual visit to the Holy Land, during which they will meet with Christians in Ramallah, East Jerusalem and the small Christian community of Gaza, who were nearly deprived of their right to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem this past December. Another part of their visit

January 15th, 2020|

Archbishop Nathaniel Semaan of Erbil: Fresh violence threatens our future.

A bishop from Erbil – where Iran carried out missile attacks – has warned that any continuation of conflict in the region could cause Iraq’s fragile Christian community to lose confidence in the future. In an interview today (Thursday, 9th January) with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Syriac Catholic Archbishop Nathaniel Nizar Semaan of Hadiab-Erbil issued an

January 15th, 2020|

Lebanese Prelates Concerned About Christian Emigration.

‘We are living like in an earthquake.’ As anti-government protests continue in Lebanon, the country’s economic crisis is worsening. Banks have imposed restrictions on withdrawals and transfers, the currency has been devalued and many people are losing jobs. Financial despair has driven at least three Lebanese to commit suicide.  A growing number of Christians are contemplating emigration, just as happened

January 15th, 2020|

WCC leaders reiterate need for United States and Iran to step back from escalating conflict.

In the aftermath of armed attacks by both the US and Iran, WCC reiterates its call for restraint and de-escalation of the confrontation. “Further escalation and conflict between the United States and Iran can only serve short-term political interests, while threatening the permanent destruction of many lives, communities and precious cultural and environmental heritage,” said World Council of Churches (WCC)

January 15th, 2020|

Baptism Site: King extends well wishes on Christian feasts.

His Majesty King Abdullah II arrived at the Baptism Site on Monday, January 13, and met with heads of Churches in Jordan and Jerusalem, as well as Christian personalities, marking Christian feasts according to the Eastern calendar. During the meeting, which was attended by His Highness Prince Ghazi Ben Muhammad, His Majesty's chief adviser for religious and cultural affairs and

January 15th, 2020|

Record of Pilgrims in the Holy Land in 2019 .

HOLY LAND – The Franciscan Pilgrim Office (FPO) released the data relative to the flow of pilgrims in the Holy Land in 2019. The greater number of groups and, therefore, pilgrims came from the USA. Relative to Europe, Italy stands firmly in the first place, second globally. The Franciscan Pilgrim Office is a part of the Christian Information Center, created

January 15th, 2020|