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Israel reverses decision, allows Gaza Christians to visit Christmas sites.

Issuing permits to visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem had been usual holiday policy. Christians in the Gaza Strip will be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem at Christmas, Israel authorities said on Sunday, reversing a decision not to issue them permits. Israel tightly restricts movements out of the Gaza Strip, territory controlled by Hamas, an Islamist group that

December 26th, 2019|

Traditional Christmas greetings at Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem 2019.

JERUSALEM – On December 19- 20, 2019, and as is customary every year, the employees of Latin Patriarchate and the Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations (CCAO) as well as the religious men and women of the Diocese of Jerusalem gathered around their bishop to convey their Christmas greetings. This year, the Episcopal Committee for Consecrated Life of the Holy Land (religious

December 26th, 2019|

Deadly Protests in Iraq Leave Indigenous Christians Between Hope and Fear.

Although Iraqi Christians, concentrated in the north of the country, lie far from the epicenter of deadly protests in Baghdad, their fate may be tied to the outcome of what demonstrators are calling a “revolution” in Iraq. While protestors in Baghdad have emphasized interfaith unity, protests have in fact been concentrated in Iraq’s nine Shiite provinces, with limited involvement from

December 26th, 2019|

Fr Samir: Mosul refugees bear a cross but express hope this Christmas.

As the amount of aid drops, hardships increase. Unemployment and poverty are compounded by the country’s political crisis and new refugees caused by Turkey’s offensive in Syria. Clergyman expresses closeness to protesters who are “in the streets for us too, for a united country". Donations are “a sign of hope and closeness". Enishke  – Five years after they fled, refugees

December 26th, 2019|

Lebanon: Christmas generosity amidst economic emergency.

Many parishes in Lebanon have reduced expensive Christmas celebrations this year, in order to help families in difficulties. They are offering food banks and free medical services. The parish of San Maroun in Haret Sakher, near Harissa, has set up a special committee to coordinate the parish's charity work over coming weeks and young people have been collecting food and

December 26th, 2019|

Christmas in Gaza 2019: from stereotypes to reality.

GAZA – From December 13-15, 2019, H.E. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, spent three days in the Gaza Strip during which he visited, alongside a delegation of clergy, religious men and women and laypeople, the Holy Family Parish and celebrated Christmas Mass. On Friday morning we left Jerusalem. Some of us had in mind

December 19th, 2019|

Crown Prince Hussein Ben Abdullah II lights Christmas tree in Madaba.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Hussein Ben Abdullah II, accompanied by Prince Hashem Ben Abdullah II, lit a Christmas tree in the Peace Square, Madaba, on Sunday, December 15 marking Christmas and New Year 2020 celebrations. During the ceremony marking the event, Latin parish priest in Madaba Firas Aridah welcomed the Crown Prince. In his address, he said, “I have

December 19th, 2019|

The young people of the Holy Land on the way to Christmas.

Joy, dances, praise to God, sharing and prayer: these were the moments that marked the day of preparation for Christmas by the young people of the Holy land on Sunday 15th December. The meeting was organized in Bethlehem by Fr. Emad Rofael, who is responsible for youth pastoral care for the Custody of the Holy Land, with the subject: “Our

December 19th, 2019|

Palestinian evangelicals celebrate Abbas decree.

AMMAN: Palestinian evangelicals celebrated a decree issued by President Mahmoud Abbas recognizing the Evangelical Council in the Holy Land as representative of local Christians. In a celebratory event held at the Bethlehem Bible College, Reverend Munir Kakish outlined a 12-year effort to organize evangelicals in Palestine in a single body and to seek recognition. Kakish said that Palestinian churches are national

December 17th, 2019|