Project Development Office, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
JORDAN – At the initiative of the Parish “The Visitation of Our Lady”, construction work of a multipurpose center has started in Anjara, Jordan. The project, named after Our Lady of Mount, will serve the parish’s long-awaited purposes and needs.
The project, which is located a few kilometers south of Ajloun, will meet the growing demand for more living space, especially for the children. The young boys are currently staying in the religious community’s house as there isn’t proper accommodation for them to reside in.Read More
by Calixte des Lauriers
TEL AVIV – On Saturday, May 7, 2016, hundreds of migrants gathered to celebrate the feast of Our Lady Woman of Valor, patroness of the Migrants’ Pastoral Center. It was an opportunity for the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Twal to visit the pastoral center in South Tel Aviv.
The Church was crowded with hundreds of migrants gathered together in the Pastoral Center coming from various communities. Filipinos, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Sri Lankans, Indians and Sudanese came in traditional costumes, each participating in the celebration in a particular way. Readings and intentions were read in the languages of the various communities.Read More
European Union Heads of Mission witness the continuous construction of the Separation Wall in the Cremisan Valley
by Saher Kawas, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
BEIT JALA – On Thursday, May 26, 2016, European Union Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah visited the area of Beir Onah near the Cremisan valley where they saw the ongoing construction of the Separation wall.
The Society of St. Yves, the Catholic Centre for Human Rights, briefed the EU Heads of Mission about the legal, political, economical and social aspects of building the wall.Read More
Dear Friends and family in the USA,
You have heard from me recently about the establishment of a foundation for the friends of Rawdat El-Zuhur, Embrace the children of Palestine. Now I am glad to let you know that those of you who have been regular supporters of the school, and those who wished to help but did not know how to go about it, Embrace the children of Palestine is your solution. However, we cannot be grateful enough to Peter Makari and the Global Ministries for having handled your gifts to the school for the last few years, and are still willing to do so.Read More
by Myriam Ambroselli, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
JERUSALEM – On Saturday May 7, 2016, the Sisters of St. Dorothy welcomed former students of their boarding school and their school of arts and crafts, which they used to run in Deir Rafat. A Mass, under the theme of Year of Mercy, was celebrated on this occasion by Bishop William Shomali.
In her testimony written in Italian, Sister Estella Fano explains how between 1927 and 2009, for nearly 80 years, St. Dorothy Sisters worked at Deir Rafat, which houses the shrine of Our Lady of Palestine near Bet Shemesh, an orphanage and a school of arts and crafts. The compound where many Palestinian children placed under the wings of social services, have grown under good care, has survived wars (WWII, the Gulf War) and the consequences of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meaning the two intifadas (uprisings).Read More
by Claus Grue, Communication consultant at the WCC
(World Council of Churches) May 24, 2016 – Operating in an area where the needs for humanitarian assistance are enormous and where 43 percent of the population is unemployed – of which 80 percent are youth – has its challenges.
Thousands of destroyed homes, a damaged infrastructure, frequent power cuts and a continued blockade don’t make life easy for the 1.8 million inhabitants in tiny Gaza – one of the most densely populated self-governing territories in the world.
“We suffer daily, but we never lose hope,” says Dr Issa Tarazi, executive director of Near East Council of Churches (NECC), part of the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR), which in turn is a department within the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC). Around 100 staff are engaged in NECC’s activities.
“The main obstacle here is of course operating under occupation and siege,” he adds.Read More
The General Definitory of the Friars Minor, with the consent of the Holy See, elected Fr. Francesco PATTON as the new Custos. He will succeed Fr. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, who held the position for twelve years.
The role of the Custos in the Holy Land and the Middle East
The figure of the Custos is especially significant for the Church in the Holy Land and the Middle East.Read More
Fr. Francesco Patton was born in Vigo Meano in the diocese of Trent on December 23rd, 1963. He belongs to the Franciscan Province of St. Anthony in Italy. He is fluent in English and Spanish, besides his native Italian.
Beirut, May 18, 2016 – As of May 15, 2016, according to Save the Children and an assortment of UN agencies and NGO’s, nearly 7 million people are displaced within Syria, half of them are children and more than two million of the youngsters are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. In rural areas of Damascus one in 20 children is severely malnourished with 14 per cent classed as acutely malnourished. The charity’s chief executive Justin Forsyth recently told the UK Independent recently that “There is no room for delay or argument: Syria’s children must not be allowed to go hungry!”Read More
(CNA/EWTN News) Madrid, Spain, May 18, 2016 / 12:25 am – Father Rodrigo Miranda is a priest from Chile. But it was in Syria, among the oppressed Christian community, that he learned what it really meant to be a priest.Read More