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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

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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

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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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Day of Muslim-Christian dialogue unfolds in Egypt

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

Tveit reflected that, together, Christians and Muslims represent about half the world’s population. “So as we are here, we are not talking about only ourselves,” he said. “We are talking about humanity in many ways. We should address these questions from a basic theological perspective. What does it mean to believe today in one God that created the one humanity?”

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Day of Muslim-Christian dialogue unfolds in Egypt

 

April 26, 2017 – The second meeting of a delegation of the Muslim Council of Elders led by the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, His Eminence Professor Dr Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, and a delegation of the World Council of Churches (WCC) led by Dr Agnes Abuom, Moderator of the Central Committee of the WCC and Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary, took place at Al Azhar, Cairo, Egypt, 26 April. Dr Al-Tayyeb opened the gathering by welcoming the World Council of Churches to this important meeting which was taking place at a critical time in the history of the Middle East and the world.

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Pope Francis begins a peace mission to the Middle East with Egypt visit

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

There is much interest in how Francis will frame his peace message at the conference, particularly in relation to the ongoing terrorism that claims to find its justification in the Quran and what ways he will suggest for Christian and Muslim religious leaders to combat terrorism and work together for peace in Egypt and the Middle East.

A man rides a bicycle past a billboard with an image of Pope Francis April 26 ahead of the pontiff's April 28-29 visit to Cairo. (CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)

A man rides a bicycle past a billboard with an image of Pope Francis on April 26 ahead of the pontiff’s April 28-29 visit to Cairo. (CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)

by Gerard O’Connell | America, the Jesuit Review | April 26, 2017

Pope Francis’ two-day visit to Egypt on April 28-29 will be a significant interreligious and ecumenical event as well as a pastoral one: interreligious, as it aims to foster joint Christian-Muslim efforts for peace and the rejection of the use of the name of God to support violence and terrorism; ecumenical because it seeks to further deepen the growing friendship between the Catholic and Coptic churches; and pastoral, since it hopes to bring consolation and encouragement to the country’s tiny, hard-pressed Catholic community.

He will arrive in a country under a state of emergency declared by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi following terrorist attacks—claimed by ISIS—on the Coptic churches of Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday that killed 44 believers and injured over 100. The Egyptian leader then ordered the army to maintain security in the cities and to protect places of worship.

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