Posts made in September, 2016

ACOHL send condolences on death of Peres

Posted on Sep 28, 2016

ACOHL send condolences on death of Peres

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land sent condolences to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on the death of former President Shimon Peres.

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land presents its condolences to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, the Israeli government, the family of Shimon Peres and the people of Israel on the passing away of former Israeli President Shimon Peres this morning.

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35 Mentions of Jesus in the Qur’an

Posted on Sep 27, 2016

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Leaf from the Blue Qur’an showing Sura 30: 28–32

by Rafiq ibn Jubair

Muslims acknowledge Jesus (peace be upon him) as one of the greatest prophets in Islam. In the Qur’an, God All-Mighty mentions Jesus by name no less than 35 times; 27 times as ‘Jesus’ or ‘عيسى’ in Arabic and 8 times as ‘the Messiah’ or ‘المسيح’ in Arabic.

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For Eastern Catholics, Pope makes changes to Latin Church’s law

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

Bishops of Eastern churches arrive for the Mass of inauguration of Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican March 19. 2013. (CNS photo/Chris Warde-Jones)

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2016 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has issued new changes to canon law that modify Latin Church code with an eye towards clarifying ministry to Eastern Catholics.

The Pope cited concern for harmony between the different codes. The name of the Pope’s apostolic letter, “De Concordia inter Codices,” in fact means “Concerning harmony between laws.” It is dated May 31 and was released Sept. 15.

The changes concern topics like baptism, marriage, and change of ecclesiastical rite.

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The Latin Vicariate denounces the unjustified assassination of writer Nahed Hattar

Posted on Sep 25, 2016

The Latin Vicariate stresses that what has taken place has no religious implications; it is rather intellectual and has to do with differences in views which should have been countered by dialogue rather than by killing and bloodshed.

Amman, The Catholic Center for Studies and Media, September 25, 2016 – A gunman shot dead prominent Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar outside a court in Amman on Sunday, September 25. Hattar was struck by three bullets before the unidentified assailant was arrested, Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

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NCC/WCC Consultation on the Holy Land

Posted on Sep 25, 2016

Statement by general secretaries Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (World Council of Churches) and Jim Winkler (National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA)

This statement is also available in Arabic (pdf, 7.5 MB)

NCC/WCC Consultation on the Holy Land
14 September, 2016

No people should be denied their rights and, certainly, no people should be denied their rights for generations. The unresolved conflict in Israel and Palestine is primarily about justice, and until the requirement of justice is met, peace cannot be established. As Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza nears the 50-year mark, generations have been suffering under this reality. The possibilities of a viable two-state solution, for which we have long advocated, are more elusive and, seemingly, more unrealistic than ever.

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Step Up on Syrian Refugees

Posted on Sep 24, 2016

Syrian refugees pass through Slovenia (WikiCommons)

The Editors, America Magazine, the National Catholic Weekly, September 19, 2016

On Aug. 29, the Obama administration welcomed the 10,000th Syrian refugee into the United States, hitting a self-imposed target for 2016. Many will note that the number of Syrian refugees accepted for resettlement remains exceedingly small. Indeed the United States can and should do more.

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Samia Khoury: An open letter to President Barack Obama

Posted on Sep 24, 2016

Samia Khoury writes

Jerusalem, September 24, 2016

Dear Mr. Obama:
 

I still recall that day when I watched with awe and great respect your inauguration ceremony while I was visiting the USA.  As I wrote to you on January 22, 2009,  you were indeed an inspiration and a source of hope not only for the Americans  but for me as a  Palestinian,  especially when you focused on  the issue of justice.   An issue  which   was also  stressed  in the sermon of  Rev. Sharon Watkins during the National Service,  the day after your inauguration.   At last, I thought that the USA as a super power, and its good and genuine people deserve a leader of your intelligence and stature.  Now that the new elections are close, may the Lord have mercy on the Americans and the rest of the world irrespective of who gets elected.

For the last eight years we have been waiting for some action that would really make you worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize which you received upon your election as president. 

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Latin Vicariate: Reception of Apostolic Administrator to be limited to religious rites

Posted on Sep 24, 2016

Amman-The Catholic Center for Studies and Media, September 24, 2016 – Owing to the difficult circumstance being experienced in our dear homeland, Jordan, as well as taking into account the sentiments of the Jordanian family and the Hatter family following the martyrdom of writer Nahed Hatter, the Latin Vicariate in Amman has decided to limit the welcoming reception of Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa during his official visit to the Latin Vicariate in Jordan to religious rites only.

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Knights of Columbus: The Next US President Must Aid Persecuted Christians

Posted on Sep 24, 2016

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

Christians can’t be second-class citizens if they are to remain in the Middle East, and the next United States administration will need to stand up for their rights, the head of the Knights of Columbus has said, Christian Telegraph reports according to Catholic News Agency.

Speaking at the National Advocacy Convention 2016 for persecuted Middle Eastern Christians, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus insisted that for Christians in the Middle East, “the system of religious apartheid in the region must end.”

“Our tax dollars to the region must not be used to rebuild a discriminatory system that continues to impose second-class citizenship upon religious minorities,” he added, insisting that U.S. aid “should be contingent on the application of full rights of citizenship to every citizen of Iraq and other countries in the region.”

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Of 10,000 Syrian refugees to the US, 56 Are Christian

Posted on Sep 24, 2016

Refugees enter amid security debate

By Adam Shaw Published September 02, 2016 FoxNews.com

The Obama administration hit its goal this week of admitting 10,000 Syrian refugees — yet only a fraction of a percent are Christians, stoking criticism that officials are not doing enough to address their plight in the Middle East.

Of the 10,801 refugees accepted in fiscal 2016 from the war-torn country, 56 are Christians, or .5 percent.

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