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Press Releases 2016-12-19T12:55:01+00:00


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May 3rd, 2017|

Birzeit Senior Citizens Celebrate Mother’s Day in Style with the Young

The usual sleepy town of Birzeit erupted with laughter and music on Monday, as Elders gathered at Birzeit Senior Citizens Center (BSCC) to celebrate Palestinian Mother’s Day. The celebration has special significance to the elders at BSCC, many of whom have children living abroad as economic migrants. Community

March 23rd, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

HCEF Breaks Ground on Well Restoration Project for Vulnerable Communities

HCEF recently broke ground on a collaborative project to restore 7 community wells in the Bethlehem area, providing clean, safe water to local non-profit organizations working with vulnerable communities. Last week, HCEF celebrated the restoration of its first water cistern of the project—a 200 cubic meter well at the Antonian

HCEF Renovates Water Cistern to Provide Drinking Water for 370 Children at Rosary Sisters School

On February 16, 2017, HCEF completed the renovation of a water cistern to provide drinking water for 370 children at the Rosary Sisters School in Bethlehem. The school, founded in 1893, was built to serve Christian and Muslim children from low-income backgrounds in the Bethlehem area. Many of the students

February 20th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

HCEF Commits to Support Vulnerable Communities across the Holy Land

On Monday, January 30th, 2017, The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), The Pontifical Mission for Palestine (PMP), and The Applied Research Institute, Jerusalem (ARIJ) signed an agreement with nine community-based organizations to restore local community wells and implement sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions for their agricultural and development projects.

HCEF Board of Directors member Hugh Dempsey receives the “Manifesting the Kingdom Award” from the Archdiocese of Washington

On January 8, 2017, Dr. Hugh Dempsey, KMOb was given the Archdiocese of Washington's "Manifesting the Kingdom Award".  The award, presented by His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl during the celebration of Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, recognizes Dempsey for his strong dedication and

Taking Peace Seriously – A Must for the Holy Land

Rateb Y. Rabie, KCHS, and Saliba Sarsar, Ph.D.* A flurry of major diplomatic activities and declarations relating to Palestine and Israel is surrounding the transition in the United States from the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration.  It seems that relevant parties are trying to catch up with what they

January 8th, 2017|

BSCC Hosts Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Christmas Gifts Distributed to the Elders of Birzeit

On Monday 19th of Dec 2016, the Birzeit Senior Citizen Center (BSCC) hosted a tree lighting ceremony for this year’s Christmas tree. Fr. Dr. Louis Hazboun, parish priest of Birzeit, and Mr. Ashraf Said, Director of the West Bank’s World Vision Jerusalem led the event. Local Christian youth, volunteers and

December 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

HCEF’s President address the Arab American Business Council

Sir Rateb Rabie, CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, spoke with members of the Arab American Business Council on the business and investment opportunities present in Palestine. Sir Rabie also discussed new opportunities to support the Palestinian economy, especially in small and midscale enterprises. Sir Rabie’s address provided

December 22nd, 2016|Tags: , , |

Christmas message from HCEF President and CEO, Sir Rateb Rabie

"God is not indifferent! God cares about mankind!  God does not abandon us!" Pope Francis, January 1, 2016 World Day of Peace Dear brothers and sisters, This past year, we faced competing and dire global challenges to peace.  These ranged from natural disasters to man-made acts of terrorism and war.

December 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

BSCC and the Latin Patriarchate Celebrate Christmas with Birzeit Elders

The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) organized a Christmas dinner in honor of the Birzeit Senior Citizen Center (BSCC) on Sunday, December 18th. The event was coordinated under the auspices of the Latin Parish of Birzeit and their priest, Fr. Louis Hazboun. Guests were treated to a concert by

December 19th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hundreds of Children Arrive in Bethlehem to as part of HCEF’s “Bethlehem Heart of Christmas” Program

Bethlehem, Palestine – Bethlehem’s Christmas season was made just a little bit brighter this year as HCEF hosted its 12th Annual “Journey to Bethlehem.” On Friday, December 16th, 350 children from around Palestine visited Bethlehem’s holy sites to learn first-hand about Palestine’s living Christian heritage. For the majority of these

December 16th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , |

MCC Condemns Attack at Coptic Christian Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt

The U.S. Muslim and Christian Coalition (MCC) condemns The horrific, bloody atrocity that was committed at  the Coptic Christian Cathedral in Cairo   The U.S. Muslim and Christian Coalition (MCC) condemns the horrific, bloody atrocity that was committed at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday, December 11.  This

December 13th, 2016|Tags: , , , , , , |

BSCC Members Visit Elders in Ramallah

Ramallah, Palestine- Members of the Birzeit Senior Citizen Center (BSCC) visited elders of the neighboring city of Ramallah to celebrate “International Day of Older Persons” at the Kofor Ne’meh Resort, in an event organized by the Palestinian Ministry of Social Development. This event allowed elders of the both communities to

November 4th, 2016|Tags: , , , |