Posts made in April, 2017

Pope in Egypt: Catholics and Copts recognise shared baptism

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

Pope Francis signs a common declaration with Coptic Pope Tawadros II affirming a shared baptism between the two Churches - RV

Pope Francis signs a common declaration with Coptic Pope Tawadros II affirming a shared baptism between the two Churches – RV

Vatican Radio | Philippa Hitchen | April 28, 2017

In a common declaration, signed by Pope Francis and Coptic Pope Tawadros II, Catholics and Copts declare for the first time that they will recognise each other’s sacrament of baptism.

The joint statement was made public following a meeting of the Catholic and Coptic leaders in Cairo on Friday. It comes forty-four years after Pope Paul VI first met with the previous Coptic Pope Shenouda III in May 1973. That encounter marked a milestone in relations, following centuries of separation, and it led to the setting up of a Commission for theological dialogue with the whole family of Oriental Orthodox Churches.

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In Egypt, pope brings a message of peace amid crackdown

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

NICOLE WINFIELD and HAMZA HENDAWI |Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis demanded that Egypt’s Muslim leaders teach a rejection of violence in God’s name during a delicate visit Friday to the Arab world’s most populous country, and he strongly backed its uncompromising crackdown on political Islam and militancy.

Brushing off security concerns after a series of attacks by Islamic militants on Egypt’s Coptic Christians, Francis rode through Cairo in a simple blue Fiat with his window rolled down — not the armored “popemobiles” of his predecessors.

And at every stop on his first day, he issued variations on the same hard-hitting theme: “No civilized society can be built without repudiating every ideology of evil, violence and extremism that presumes to suppress others and to annihilate diversity by manipulating and profaning the sacred name of God.”

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A new culinary school in Ramallah

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

One of the objectives of this training is also to continue to encourage dialogue between Christians and Muslims, one of the pillars of the school.Many parents are sending their children here for coexistence education, specific to the institution. In this region, where Christians represent only two percent of the population, the Church plays a major social and educational role. Father Ibrahim Shomali

Photo: © Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

by Claire Guigou | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

RAMALLAH – Al Ahliyyah School in the Latin parish of the Holy Family will open a new cooking school in the fall. This facility is for 16-18 year-olds, and will offer new job opportunities to young people in Palestine. The province of Hainaut in Belgium, has long been associated with the region and has committed to support this project of the Latin Patriarchate Project Development Office.

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The Armenian Genocide: the memory of Jerusalem

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

On Monday, April 24, at the Cathedral of St. James in Jerusalem, the Armenian community commemorated the 102th anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

One hundred two years later, the pain is still there. The Armenian community of Jerusalem has once again commemorated this tragic event: the genocide of over a million and a half Armenians. For the occasion, a mass presided over by Father Nerseh Aloian was celebrated in the Armenian Cathedral of the old city of Jerusalem, in the presence of many faithful.

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“Behold the Man”: Jesus in Jewish and Israeli art

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

The exhibition at the Israel Museum, Christmas through Easter, revealing an unusual Jesus: a faceted path that represents a new milestone in the relationship between Jews and Christians.

The picture of a rabbi preaching in the temple.
A chest X-Ray
A cross made of tanks remnants and scrap military uniforms.
These are some of the unusual representations of Jesus displayed in the exhibition “Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art” at the Israel Museum.

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Hopes for Pope’s visit to Egypt’s al-Azhar University

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

…continuation of the ecumenical path” towards Christian unity

Pope Francis with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar during a visit to the Vatican in May 2016 - REUTERS

Pope Francis with Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of al-Azhar during a visit to the Vatican in May 2016 – REUTERS

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis on Friday travels to Cairo to meet with Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar university. The pope will spend just over 24 hours in the Egyptian capital, where he’ll also meet with the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II and leaders of the small Catholic community there.

At al-Azhar university Pope Francis will speak at an international peace conference which the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is also be attending. His visit to the prestigious Islamic institution comes just two months after the resumption of talks between the university and a Vatican delegation.

Professor Gabriel Said Reynolds teaches Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame in the United States and was a member of the Catholic delegation for the talks at al-Azhar in February, which came after years of tension and mistrust between the two sides.

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Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians?

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

CAIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis arrives in Cairo on Friday hoping to mend ties with Islamic religious leaders but his message of peace comes as Egypt’s Coptic Christian community faces unprecedented pressure from Islamic State militants who have threatened to wipe it out.

Below are some facts about Egypt’s Coptic Christians:

— The Coptic Orthodox Church is one of oldest in the world. It is the principal Christian church in predominantly Muslim Egypt. Its members are called Coptic Orthodox, distinguishing them from Copts who converted to Catholicism and from the Eastern Orthodox, who are mostly Greek.

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Fr. Rif’at Bader represents the Latin Patriarchate at Al-Azhar Conference on Peace

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

…a threshold of hope designed to strengthen Islamic-Christian relations

Photo : abouna.org

abouna.org, CAIRO – Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa has entrusted Fr. Rif’at Bader, director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan (CCSM) to represent him at Al-Azhar International Conference on Peace due to convene in Cairo on Thursday, April 27, as well as at the audiences of His Holiness Pope Francis in Egypt on Friday and Saturday April 28-29.

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“Salt and Water” as a German Leader Is Rejected

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrived in Jerusalem for a prearranged meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Prime Minister canceled the meeting.

by James M. Wall | Wallwritings | April 27,2017

Ma’an reported Thursday that a general strike has begun in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

As part of the strike, Palestinians shut down their shops and businesses in solidarity with the more than 1,500 Palestinian prisoners now enduring the 11th day of their “Freedom and Dignity” hunger strike.

The Arabic graffiti above means, “Salt and Water,” the only nutrients striking prisoners allow themselves. Placed on the locked  door of a Palestinian sh0p, “salt and water” signals  support for the strike which was organized by imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouthi.

The general strike calls for a Day of Rage on Friday, April 28, during which Palestinians are expected to show their solidarity with the Palestinian prisoners’ movement.

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Roman Catholic-WCC joint working group continues work on peace-building and migration

Posted on Apr 27, 2017

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Roman Catholic-WCC joint working group continues work on peace-building and migration

April 27, 2017 – “What is the role of churches in peace-building? How are they actually involved? Which are the ecumenical challenges, and especially which are the ecumenical opportunities that arise from joint efforts at peace building?”

These were some of the questions on the table as the Executive of the Joint Working Group (JWG) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Roman Catholic Church met in Dublin, Ireland on 24-26 April.

In a communiqué issued on 27 April, the group stressed that migration and peace-building in situations of violence are the two burning issues that the JWG wants to address more specifically during its present mandate.

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