Posts made in March, 2017

Our Lady of Peace Center in Amman celebrates Mothers’ Day

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

Remy Brun | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

AMMAN – On Saturday, March 18, 2017, Our Lady of Peace Center honored the mothers of families with a program of games, shows and dance presentations prepared by the children and teams of the Center, in a festive family atmosphere.

Our Lady of Peace Center organized this gathering, which brought together families whose children benefit, from the services offered by the Center and its medical team, for some on a daily basis, free of charge.

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In a liberated Church the 14 “rules of behaviour” imposed by jihadists to the people of Mosul have been found

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

Mosul (Agenzia Fides) – Penalties for those who smoke and those who drink, prohibition for women to leave the house if it is not necessary, death penalty for blasphemy are some of the 14 “rules of behavior” that the militia of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh) had drawn on the columns and walls of the Chaldean church dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Mosul. After having conquered the northeastern Iraqi city, the jihadists had chosen the church as an operations base. In recent days, the church was reconquered by the Iraqi army.

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University of Terror

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

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by Uri Avnery | Gush Shalom | April 1, 2017

SOME DAYS ago, a man committed an act of terrorism in the center of London, a city I love.

He ran over several persons on Westminster Bridge, stabbed a policeman to death and approached the doors of Parliament, where he was shot dead. All this in the shadow of the tower of Big Ben, an irresistible photographic target.

It was an electrifying world-wide news item. Within minutes, Daesh was blamed. But then the truth came out: the terrorist was a British citizen, a Muslim convert born in England. From early youth he had committed a string of petty crimes. He had been in and out of prison several times.

So how did this individual, of all people, become a religious zealot, a Shahid – a witness to the truth of Allah, who sacrificed his life for the greatness of Islam? How had he become the perpetrator of an act that shook Europe and the world?

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A “New Sheriff in Town” Is Kicking Up Her Heels

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

by James M. Wall | Wallwritings

Nikki Haley, the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, (right) was greeted as a rock star at this year’s AIPAC Washington Conference.

The former governor of South Carolina wowed the crowd of 19,000, in an on-stage interview in which she bragged that she blocked the appointment of former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to a high UN position, solely because he is a Palestinian.

She followed up by bragging that she had persuaded the UN secretary general to withdraw a report which described Israeli policies as apartheid.

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Second Round of Winners in the Biblical Contest for Adults in Nazareth

Posted on Mar 31, 2017

Correspondent in Nazareth | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

NAZARETH – On Friday, March 24, 2017, took place the second round of the Bible Contest for adults, presented by the Annunciation Family Club of the Latin parish at the St. Anthony Pastoral Center in Nazareth and presided by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa.

As usual for this contest, the participants competed as a duo, sometimes in pairs or in groups of two siblings, two friends, two partners, adults 40 years and older.

The main biblical subjects were: Famous Characters of the Bible, Jesus’ miracles, Parables of the Gospel, Great biblical events, sanctuaries and Holy Places.

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Solemn Feast of Saint Joseph in the Latin Parish of Shefaamer

Posted on Mar 24, 2017

The Melkite, Maronite, Orthodox and Anglican parish priests, whose presence was a witness to a good ecumenical life in a city marked also by the presence of Muslims and Druze.

Twenty-two children made First Communion and received the Sacrament of Confirmation

SHEFAAMER – On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Latin parish of Shefaamer gathered to celebrate Saint Joseph, patron saint of the parish. Twenty-two children made First Communion and received the Sacrament of Confirmation from the hands of Bishop Giacinto Boulos Marcuzzo, Patriarchal Vicar in Israel.

The church hall of this town in northern Israel was was filled with faithful to celebrate St. Joseph: parishioners, relatives and friends of the twenty-two children who responded to the invitation of Father Elie Kurzum, pastor of the parish. The Betharram community was also present, accompanied by Father Jean-Luc Morin, Regional Superior, who was in town for canonical visitation. The Melkite, Maronite, Orthodox and Anglican parish priests, whose presence was a witness to a good ecumenical life in a city marked also by the presence of Muslims and Druze.

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Catholic Delegation for Cooperation 50 Years in the Holy Land

Posted on Mar 24, 2017

The CDC celebrates 50 years in the Holy Land

by Vivien Laguette | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem | March 21, 2017

JERUSALEM – On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the Catholic Delegation for Cooperation assembled on the weekend of March 18 and 19 at the Maison d’Abraham and also during a Mass celebrated in the Basilica of Saint Anne on Saturday night the 19th, at which the French Consul General in Jerusalem, Pierre Cochard, was present

IMG_0042.JPGThe French NGO, CDC, is an organization licensed by the state to send volunteers worldwide. Its mission: to support local stakeholders in countries of the South Coordination in their development projects. Operating in more than 50 countries, the CDC has over 500 volunteers who contribute to these projects. Of these, 14 are currently in the Holy Land. During a weekend marked by moments of rich exchanges, reminders and feedback, there was the opportunity for everyone to meet at the Maison d’Abraham with Guillaume Nicolas, CEO of CDC, Pierrick Madinier, representative of the CDC Board of Directors, as well as Marie-Bernadette Caro and Frédéric Mounier, Holy Land project managers.

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Unprecedented ecumenical ceremony marks inauguration of restored Edicule of the Tomb of Christ

Posted on Mar 24, 2017

Photos © Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem; © Custody of the Holy Land

by Myriam Ambroselli | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem | March 23, 2017

HOLY SEPULCHER – On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the Churches of Jerusalem gathered in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher to contemplate on the result of ten months of restoration of the edicule sheltering the Tomb of Christ in an ecumenical ceremony bearing witness to a unity that has made possible such work.

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Israel’s Apartheid Elephant Is Still in the Room

Posted on Mar 23, 2017


by James M. Wall | Wallwritings | March 23, 2017

In a 1935 stage production of Billy Rose’s Jumbo, Jimmy Durante is leading an elephant down the street. A policeman stops him and asks, “What are you doing with that elephant?”

Durante responds, “What elephant”? That line became a 1935 nightly show-stopper. Durante repeated the same question in the 1962 film version of Jumbo (right).

Wikipedia speculates that this line may have contributed to the phrase, “the elephant in the room”, which refers to the denial of something as a reality, when that something is obviously in the room.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres last week became the latest official to deny the obvious presence of the apartheid elephant enforced by the state of Israel.

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Fanaticism and Interpretation of the Texts

Posted on Mar 23, 2017

In the fight against extremism, one of the central issue is what the rules for a correct interpretation of sacred texts are

Speakers at the meeting between al-Azhar and the Vatican delegation

Martino Diez | Oasis | 01 March 2017

We are publishing the excerpt of the speech delivered by Martino Diez, Scientific director of the Oasis Foundation, at the seminar held on February 22 – 23 at the University of Al-Azhar in Cairo on “the fight against fanaticism, extremisms and violence in the name of religion”. The seminar, led by the Deputy of Al-Azhar ‘Abbas Shuman and Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, marks the resumption of the dialogue between Al-Azhar and the Vatican. The full text will be published in a volume curated by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and al-Azhar.

[…] Compared to other forms of extremism, owns the specific feature of using the language of faith as a mobilizing force. There is nothing surprising in this: religion is one of the major forces behind man. It would seem easy to dismiss the matter by saying that fanaticism represents an opportunistic use of religion for purposes unrelated to it, for example of political nature, but in reality things are not that simple: the majority of fanatics, including their leaders, acts in good faith, without hypocrisy. Refusing to reckon this basic fact means condemning oneself to not understand the phenomenon from the very beginning.

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