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Palestine, at the origin of the conflict. History of a disputed land, first part.

The ancient history of Palestine   «Lord, disarm tongues and hands, renew hearts and minds, so that the word that brings us together may always be ‘brother’, and the style of our life become: shalom, peace, salam! Amen». Pope Francis, prayer for peace, 8 June 2014.     Retenu, Haru, Canaan, Iuadea, Terrasanta, Falastīn … as many names have been

June 17th, 2022|

Syria is dying of hunger.

Eleven years after the break of the bloody civil war, 6 Syrians out of 10 suffer from hunger and have no idea where and how to get food. According to the Global Report on Food Crisis, there are more than 12 million people who are living a situation of food insecurity in Syria. FAO defines food insecurity as the lack of

June 17th, 2022|

Mosul: ancient relics emerge from the church of Mar Thomas, ravaged by Isis.

A discovery of historical and religious value, confirming the Christianity's connection to Iraq. In six stone containers ancient relics and parchments with references to saints, from Simon to St John. Smuggling of antiquities is back on the agenda, Briton sentenced to 15 years.  Baghdad (AsiaNews) - A discovery of great historical, religious and cultural value that confirms - once again -

June 17th, 2022|

Israel’s top court upholds sale in Jerusalem’s Christian quarter to Ateret Cohanim.

The appeal by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate against lower court decision was rejected. Although the purchase of the disputed buildings in the Old City by the radical Jewish group is valid in all respects, the Greek Orthodox patriarch says he will continue the battle alongside the residents. Jerusalem (AsiaNews) – The Israeli Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision,

June 17th, 2022|

New House of the Three Wisemen, a centre for dialogue and solidarity, opens in Bethlehem.

For the Custos of the Holy Land, the facility reflects the birth of Jesus, which gave it meaning and value. With charity as its main purpose, it offers a venue for various initiatives. The facility was built thanks to local workers. For a Pro Terra Sancta official, investing in job skills development will help preserve the Christian presence in the

June 17th, 2022|

Jordan: Bishop Daibes denounces attack on Madaba church.

In the wake of the limited attack that has taken place by a lone perpetrator on Monday evening, June 13, on the Latin Church of St. John the Baptist in Madaba, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop Jamal Daibes paid a visit to the church and the monastery accompanied by a number of Latin Patriarchate priests, where they met with

June 17th, 2022|

HOLY LAND – Expectations and questions from Jerusalem Church Officials ahead of Biden’s announced Visit to the Middle East.

Jerusalem - US President Joe Biden will travel to the Middle East from July 13 to 16, where he will visit Israel, Palestine and Saudi Arabia. The announcement of the US President's visit has drawn the attention of several senior representatives of the Churches and ecclesial communities of the Holy Land, at a time of growing unease at the trials,

June 17th, 2022|

HOLY LAND – The Supreme Court of Israel definitively rejects the appeal of the Orthodox Patriarchate on the properties acquired by Ateret Cohanim.

Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - The Supreme Court of Israel has definitively put an end to the long legal battle waged by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem to annul the acquisition, by the radical Jewish organization Ateret Cohanim, of three prestigious properties located in the Old City of Jerusalem, properties that once belonged to the Patriarchate and are located in

June 10th, 2022|

Bishop Nassar: young people, Church and families victims of Syrian war.

Once an "anchor of salvation", today the family is "in tatters" and its identity "lost". Young people struggle amidst enormous "torment", torn between the battlefield and lack of economic prospects or work. The Church called to "question itself" about the future and how to continue the mission.  Damascus (AsiaNews) - Families, young people and the Church: these are among the

June 10th, 2022|