Posts made in June, 2016

Father Pizzaballa nominated as Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate

Posted on Jun 24, 2016

Father Pizzaballa nominated as Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate



Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, June 24, 2016


His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal, having reached the legal age, according to article 401, §1 of the Code of Canon Law. His Holiness has appointed the Very Reverend Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, former Custos of the Holy Land for twelve years, as Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, until the appointment of a new Patriarch.

The Bishops, clergy and faithful of the Latin Patriarchate sincerely thank His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal who has just completed his mission and welcome the Apostolic Administrator with best wishes in his new mission. The entire Diocese joins in prayer for the intentions of the Patriarch Emeritus and the new Apostolic Administrator.

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Palestinians move into new city, part of statehood dream

Posted on Jun 24, 2016

In this June 4, 2016 photo, a Palestinian family leaves their newly delivered apartment in the West Bank city of Rawabi, north of Ramallah. After years of setbacks, Palestinians are starting to move into their first planned city being built in the West Bank — a move that isn’t just about real estate but also a symbol of their aspirations for statehood after nearly 50 years of Israeli military occupation. Though Rawabi is years from being finished, the city is a rare source of pride and excitement for the territory at a time of growing malaise over a standstill in Mideast peace efforts. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) (The Associated Press)

(Associated Press) RAWABI, West Bank, June 14, 2016 – After years of setbacks, Palestinians are proudly starting to move into their first planned city being built in the West Bank — a move that isn’t just about real estate but also a symbol of their quest for statehood after nearly 50 years of Israeli military occupation.

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Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa: 12 Years as the Guardian of Mount Zion

Posted on Jun 23, 2016

A special video on the mission of the Custos of the Holy Land, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa. Twelve years of meetings, initiatives and challenges.

“Guardian of Mount Zion and of the Holy Sepulcher for 12 years” is the theme of the special video made as a tribute to Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa. He himself recounts the challenges and joys of these past 12 years in an interview.

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Can the Chinese save Israel’s tourism industry?

Posted on Jun 23, 2016

As security concerns continue to weaken the Israeli tourism sector, Israel’s Tourism Ministry is investing heavily in efforts to expand its still nascent Chinese market. “Chinese recreational tourists get more or less the same tour that Chinese Christians get: Nazareth, around the Sea of Galilee and countless churches in Jerusalem. The Chinese see it as a waste of Israel’s potential.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (C) is escorted by Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitch (R) during his visit to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, Dec. 20, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Ammar Awad)

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After War Recovery Program: Caritas Jerusalem in Gaza

Posted on Jun 22, 2016

Fr. Raed Abusahlia, General Director, Caritas Jerusalem, sends two videos that show “show part of our work in Gaza where we built child friendly spaces and intervened in psychosocial activities in schools through the After War Recovery Program.”

Below is his letter giving information about accomplishments carried out during the month of May.

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Patriarch Ignatius, head of Syrian Orthodox church, escapes suicide bomb attack

Posted on Jun 21, 2016

People and security forces belonging to the Sotoro, a Christian militia based in Syria’s northeast, gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack carried out on June 19, 2016 in the divided Syrian city of Qamishli, during an event commemorating the massacre of Christians more than a century ago. AFP

Three people were killed in north-east Syria, when the bomber attacked an event, which marked the massacre of Christians more than a century ago.

The head of the Syrian Orthodox Church had a narrow escape on Sunday when a suicide bomber blew himself up during a commemoration service which he attended.

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Holy Sepulchre: Restoration of the Tomb of Christ Begins

Posted on Jun 21, 2016

Photo: Holy Sepulchre June 2, 2016 © LPJ / Thomas Charrière

by Thomas Charrière, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – The Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem announced, after their Easter celebrated according to the Julian calendar, the restoration work of the Aedicule began discreetly on May 8, 2016. The work is now visible in all recent days.

The interior of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre is unrecognizable since the beginning of the week: scaffolding and construction equipment are stored across the small paved square, even around the Tomb of Christ. The restoration work of the Aedicule, announced two months ago by the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Custody of the Holy Land has begun.

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Israel 2016: A house divided

Posted on Jun 20, 2016

My Photoby Adam Keller, spokesperson for Gush Shalom

Sunday, June 5, 2016 – forty-ninth anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. This year it intersected with “Jerusalem Day,” when the government of Israel and the extreme right celebrate according to the Jewish calendar what they call “The Liberation and Unification of Jerusalem”. It also coincided with the start of the Muslim fast of Ramadan. On that day I stood among several hundred demonstrators on the balcony of the Jerusalem Town Hall, to protest the annual “Dance of the Flags” held by the young Nationalist-Religious-Messianic of all types.

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Jo Cox on the arrest detention and treatment of children in occupied Palestinian territories

Posted on Jun 19, 2016

The Labour MP Jo Cox, who died aged 41 after being shot and stabbed on June 16, 2016, in her constituency of Batley and Spen, in West Yorkshire, was a woman who in many ways represented the character and style of the modern Labour party. She was widely viewed as someone who could have been a serious player in the party in the years to come. Below are her views on the arrest, detention, and treatment of children in the occupied territories.


Jo Cox speaking during the Westminster Hall debate.

Parliament held an urgent and thought provoking debate this week about the way in which children are arrested, detained and treated in the occupied Palestinian territories, writes Jo Cox.

Westminster Hall, the overspill venue for backbenchers to hold debates when time pressures on the main Chamber won’t allow, was jammed with MPs keen to contribute and listen to what was a fascinating, deeply troubling discussion.

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The “two-slate” solution

Posted on Jun 18, 2016

The two-state solution is anchored in a two-slate solution. –Americans for Peace Now*

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