Posts made in October, 2016

Solemnity of Our Lady of Palestine, October 30

Posted on Oct 26, 2016

“I am Palestinian, in Faith I Resist”


INVITATION – The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem invites you to participate in the Pontifical Mass to be presided by Archbishop Pizzaballa on the Solemnity of Our Lady of Palestine, October 30, in the Sanctuary of Deir Rafat. The Mass is at 10:30 am and followed by the traditional procession with the Icon of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Palestine. On Saturday October 29, 2016, the day before the Feast of Our Lady of Palestine, a prayer for peace in the Holy Land and the Middle East will be held in all churches of Palestine and the world, at 5:00 pm.

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Thirty-five children join the “Scouts and Guides of France” adventure

Posted on Oct 26, 2016

Thirty-five children join the “Scouts and Guides of France” adventure.

by Cécile Klos, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – Recently, a group of “Scouts and Guides of France” was initially launched in Jerusalem.   The first gathering took place on September 24 and was attended by 35 children and adolescents in the gardens of Maison d’Abraham

Shortly before summer, the idea of establishing this group was initiated by French parents: “A scout group gathered some French and English-speaking children in recent years and had to stop with the departure of the responsible leaders. It was thought necessary for the group to continue.  There are already several locally existing Scout groups but there was a language constraint for the young people who wanted to be Scouts. There was a high demand among the French-speaking children and parents.  The French parents were ready to be involved and take the initiative to revive the Scouts group.”

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Violation of Sanctity in Galilee

Posted on Oct 25, 2016

Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

Condemnation of vandalism act against Church of Transfiguration

Rev. Fr. Imad Twal reports from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem:

On Monday, October 24, 2016, the Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor (Galilee) was robbed by unknown burglars. The intruders destroyed the tabernacle, desecrated the sacred hosts, which are very holy, as these embody the presence of Christ. The ciborium was stolen after it was emptied of the sacred hosts that were thrown on the floor. Some statues in the Church were vandalized and the contents of the donation box were also stolen.

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Book Review | America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History

Posted on Oct 25, 2016

Reviewed by Roger Bergman* in America Magazine, the National Catholic Review, October 3, 2016

Andrew Bacevich is clear about what he hopes to accomplish in America’s War for the Greater Middle East: A Military History. He will link “aims to actions to consequences” regarding the role of the U.S. military from 1980 to the present. Bacevich, a 1969 graduate of West Point who served 23 years before retiring as a colonel, and who recently retired from teaching diplomatic history at Boston University, does not shy away from expressing his own conclusions about this war in the Islamic world, now in its fourth decade. “We have not won it. We are not winning it. Simply trying harder is unlikely to produce a different outcome.”

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Iraqi Christian Students Narrowly Escape ISIS

Posted on Oct 24, 2016

Seven students hid under beds in the same room in Kirkuk as the jihadists stormed in. Their survival was a miracle.

With five other girls, Rand Leith and Monaly Najeeb hid under beds  in the same room in Kirkuk as the jihadists stormed in. Their survival was a miracle.

by Danny Gold
10.24.16 9:35 AM ET

Erbil, Iraq — Monaly Najeeb and the other young women were hiding under their beds when they heard the ISIS fighters enter their house. Machine gun fire had woken them up around 4 a.m. that morning, and they had spent hours huddling in fear, trying to keep quiet and silently praying that the militants wouldn’t enter their house as firefights continued right outside their door.

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As battle for Mosul rages, Pope appeals for an end to violence in Iraq

Posted on Oct 24, 2016

This photograph shows the inside of the church of Saint Shmoni, damaged by Islamic State fighters, in Bartella, Iraq, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Iraqi forces retook the town of Bartella, around 15 kilometers east of Mosul, earlier this week, but are still facing pockets of resistance in the area. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

Profile photoby Elise Harris

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2016 / 06:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- With the Iraqi Army currently embroiled in an effort to liberate Mosul and the Plains of Nineveh from the Islamic State, Pope Francis Sunday offered prayers for an end to violence in the country so it can move forward on the path of hope and reconciliation.

“In these dramatic hours, I am close to the people of Iraq, in particular those from the city of Mosul,” the Pope said Oct. 23.

“Our hearts are shocked by the heinous acts of violence that for too long are being committed against innocent citizens, whether they are Muslims, Christians or whether they belong to other ethnic groups and religions,” he said, and voiced his sadness that many have been killed “in cold blood,” including children.

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‘We have faced the mercy of God’ – An interview with Cardinal Koch

Posted on Oct 24, 2016

Orthodox churches of the East and the Roman Catholic Church in the West

1K 0 1K Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.


By Paul Badde

Rome, Italy, Sep 28, 2016 / 12:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Hundreds of years before Martin Luther broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope in the western world, the Great Eastern Schism created a division between Rome and Constantinople.

The split of Christianity in the Orthodox churches of the East and the Roman Catholic Church in the west was formally completed in the year 1054. On December 7, 1965, Pope Paul VI in Rome and the ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras in Istanbul terminated the mutual excommunications “from memory and from the midst of the Church” and committed them “to oblivion.”

But efforts toward healing have taken place.

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Rebuilding Alliance: Please help get Palestinian villages on maps

Posted on Oct 23, 2016

On Thursday, October 13, nine Palestinian marathoners, who normally train in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, ran through the streets of Mountain View and Cupertino to convince Google and Apple to add hundreds of missing Palestinian villages to their maps. [See Marathoners Race Through Silicon Valley to Press Google, Apple to Put Missing Palestinian Villages on Maps]

Google, Apple, and Waze have not yet answered the letters delivered that day by the Palestinian marathoners, so please take a moment now to email your members of Congress to ask their help and share this link with friends. If you have an android phone, download Evincible.

Google and Apple HAVE replied to Rep. Eshoo and Rep. Honda, confirming that they had received the GPS data from BIMKOM: Planners for Planning Rights, the Israeli Human Rights Group who we partnered with in this project. Both companies have been asking for three language translations, but so far, there has been no commitment as to when they’ll add the missing villages. We need your help.

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New generation of Israeli ultra-Orthodox challenge old guard

Posted on Oct 23, 2016

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman sits in an employment training center in the city of Elad in central Israel. Younger ultra-Orthodox Jews are challenging tradition by entering the workforce and seeking higher education. Photo:  SEBASTIAN SCHEINER Credit: AP

By Aron Heller | AP October 4 at 2:23 AM

JERUSALEM — As the senior representative of ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel’s government, Health Minister Yaakov Litzman is unapologetic about the insular lifestyle he advocates, despite irking mainstream Israel and endangering its long-term economic prospects.

He insists that shirking compulsory military service, rejecting secular education and raising large families on state subsidies all serve the noblest of purposes: a life devoted to the study of scripture that has preserved Jewish traditions over centuries and will ultimately bring about the coming of the Messiah.

“To sit and learn is a mitzvah,” or commandment from God, he told The Associated Press. “It is the most important thing.”

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Israeli women pressuring their leaders to resume peace talks with the Palestinians

Posted on Oct 22, 2016

Israeli women wave peace walking to Metula October 18, 2016 (Photo: Avihu Shapira)

October 19, 2016 by yalibnan

About 2,000 women convened at Israel’s Lebanese border earlier this month in the first leg of a cross-country march aimed at pressuring the nation’s leaders to resume peace talks with the Palestinians, Israeli daily Haaretz reported .

The event was reportedly launched by Women Wage Peace, a non-partisan organization founded two years ago, following Israel’s last war in Gaza.
Just as the Israeli political activists began their journey by foot from Rosh Hanikra to Jerusalem, another international women’s group, by mere coincidence, was heading toward Israel’s coastal waters bearing a political message of its own: end the blockade of Gaza. The Women’s Boat to Gaza, an initiative of the International Freedom Flotilla Coalition, which had set out from Barcelona, was intercepted offshore by the Israeli navy on Wednesday afternoon.

Titled “March of Hope,” the Women Wage Peace event will span two weeks, culminating on October 19 with a mass rally in Jerusalem outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence. “We expect tens of thousands at the Jerusalem rally,” said Lili Weisberger, an activist in Women Wage Peace and organizer of the march.

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