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His Excellency Archbishop Robert J. Carlson to Receive 2016 Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation Award

WASHINGTON, DC – The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) is pleased to announce that His Excellency Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis and HCEF Advisory Board Member, will receive the 2016 Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation Award at HCEF’s 18th International Conference and Awards Banquet, Forging a

September 2nd, 2016|Tags: , |

Dr. Taleb Rifai to Receive 2016 Global Leadership Award

WASHINGTON, DC – The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), will receive the 2016 HCEF Global Leadership Award at HCEF’s 18th International Conference and Awards Banquet, Forging a New Bond of Solidarity for Equality,

August 19th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

HCEF is Honoring the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church of North America for their Support of the Palestinian Christians

Washington, DC – On October 14th, 2016 the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, Inc. (HCEF) will bestow its ‘Living Stones Solidarity Award’ upon the Self- Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America at their 18th International Conference and Awards Banquet, Forging a New Bond of Solidarity for Equality, Prosperity

Save the Date for the 18th International Conference & Awards Banquet

Come learn how religious tourism to Palestine can help bring about equality, prosperity, and peace to the region. Familiarize yourself with the challenges faced by Christians of the Holy Land. Discover how you can offer support to the religious minorities facing persecution across the Middle East. Educate yourself about the

July 19th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

HCEF President & CEO Sir Rateb Rabie, Addressed members of the National Capital Presbytery

 WASHINGTON, DC – President and CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), Sir Rateb Rabie, KCHS, addressed members of the National Capital Presbytery at National Presbyterian Church’s (NPC) Open Space on Tuesday, June 28 in an event organized in partnership with the Israel-Palestine Mission Network (IPMN). Sir

July 1st, 2016|Tags: , , , |

HCEF President/CEO speaks at Roundtable on Religious Tourism in Lebanon

Ministers of Tourism of the Levant joined by religious tourism experts gathered to discuss challenges and suggestions for supporting religious tourism. From Left to Right: Michel Pharaon, Minister of Tourism of Lebanon; Nayef Al Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of Jordan; Rula Ma’ayah, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities of

June 10th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Year of Mercy: HCEF’s Living Stones Pilgrimage with Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, O.F.M.

  His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, receives Pilgrims in an audience. May 2016 – Bethlehem, Palestine - This month, HCEF’s Living Stones Pilgrimage Program (LSP) welcomed a Franciscan pilgrimage group from Maryland, U.S.A. led by Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM. This is the 8th pilgrimage Fr. Jacek

June 10th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Birzeit Senior Citizens Celebrate the Traditions of the Easter Season

Birzeit, Palestine- Birzeit Senior Citizen Center celebrated Easter with its members and staff.  The celebration included the Sacrament of Confession, Holy Communion, and blessings from Fr. Louis Hazboun and the traditional festivities of coloring eggs and making Palestinian Easter sweets, “Ma’moul”.Mrs. Miladeh AlHaj, BSCC Member commented on the festivities, “Easter

May 17th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

HCEF Returns from another inspiring visit to the Palestinian Diaspora in Chile

Sir Rateb Rabie stands alongside partner Fundación Palestina Belén 2000; Sofia Farah, Fundraising and Program Coordinator, and Alexis Sfeir, Executive Director. HCEF delegation comprised of Sir Rateb Rabie, President and CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation; Lady Rocio Rabie, Public Relations and Outreach; and Laura Menchaca, Management

May 5th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Birzeit University Nursing School Students Visit BSCC to Give Health Check-ups

Birzeit, Palestine - A group of nursing students from Birzeit University visited BSCC on April 13th 2016. The elders at the center were waiting for this visit, since BZU students come every month to do medical check-ups on BSCC members by testing blood pressure, pulse, general health status, height, weight,

May 3rd, 2016|Tags: , , , |

His Beatitude, Patriarch Fouad Twal and HCEF Build Bridges in Washington, DC

Washington, DC-His Beatitude, Patriarch Fouad Twal inspired hope for the future of Holy Land Christians during a meeting with the Sir Rateb Rabie, President & CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, and several members of the Board of Directors and representatives of HCEF.  Patriarch Twal spoke highly of

April 27th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

HCEF and BYU Signs Agreement to Preserve Palestine’s heritage and Culture through the Bethlehem Museum

Washington, D.C.- The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) formed a monumental partnership with Brigham Young University’s (BYU) Department of Anthropology and Archeology and Museum Studies Program, strengthening their efforts to advance the work of maintaining collections and exhibits in the Bethlehem Museum in Palestine. With this partnership the Bethlehem

April 20th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Knights of Columbus Solidarity Cross Program

As Christians in the Middle East continue to face intense persecution, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation has partnered with the Knights of Columbus to help bring awareness to the situation and raise support through the creation of the Solidarity Cross Program. Using the traditional handcrafts of Palestinian

April 19th, 2016|