Posts made in November, 2018

YWCA Statement on the International Day of Solidarity of the Palestinian People

Posted on Nov 29, 2018

Samia Khoury writes: “On this day, November 29, the international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people I take the opportunity of sending you the joint statement of the World YWCA and the YWCA of Palestine.”

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The Lasallian Brothers celebrate the Jubilee Year with the strength of their presence in the Holy Land

Posted on Nov 23, 2018

On the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the death of St. Jean-Baptiste De la Salle, a French priest and founder of the Lasallians, Pope Francis granted the congregation a Jubilee Year! The legacy of this saint; the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, has spread and is now present in more than 80 countries. The Lasallian Brothers administer it all: Men who consecrate themselves totally to God by making vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They dedicate life to the mission of the human and Christian education of children and youth, especially the poorest of them. The Lasallian Brothers administer it all: Men who consecrate themselves totally to God by making vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. They dedicate life to the mission of the human and Christian education of children and youth, especially the poorest of them.

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“Holy Land: Knowledge in order to be able to love and serve”

Posted on Nov 23, 2018

It all began with Francis, who visited the Holy Land 800 years ago and desired, even personally, to care for the places where Jesus Christ had lived his earthly life. Since then he established the overseas Province, “The Custody”, which still operates today, working alongside the Friars Minor, cooperating with collaborators and volunteers and religious of other Congregations who cooperate in the Sanctuaries, Schools, Libraries, Museums and all other sectors of the mission that have developed over the years. In order for the service to be carried out successfully, it is necessary to get to know this centuries-old history! And for this reason, the Training Course for the Collaborators of the Custody of the Holy Land was promoted.

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Rosary Sisters celebrate Feast of their foundress Mary Alphonsine Ghattas in Jerusalem

Posted on Nov 22, 2018

‘Sultaneh’ (Mary Alphonsine Ghattas) was born in the Old City of Jerusalem, on October 4, 1838….

by Rula Shomali, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – On Monday, November 19, 2018, the faithful gathered from all parts of Palestine to celebrate the Feast of Mary Alphonsine Ghattas, the foundress of the Rosary congregation in our Lady of the Rosary Church in Mamilla, Jerusalem.

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Iraqi refugees and parishioners of Jabal Amman paint Face of Jesus Icons

Posted on Nov 21, 2018

by Saher Kawas, Latin Patriachate of Jerusalem

JABAL AMMAN, Jordan – As part of the pastoral work of Jabal Amman Parish, Fr. Mario Cornioli organized a 4-day iconography course to introduce parishioners and Iraqi refugees to painting icons and the theology behind them.

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Maryknoll: Call on Congress to realign support for a just peace for Palestinians and Israelis

Posted on Nov 17, 2018

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Recent violence between Gaza and Israel is a tragic indicator of the need for a just and lasting peace between Palestinians and Israelis. Sadly, however, U.S. policy is working against such an outcome.

In a November 14 ecumenical statement, 16 U.S. Christian leaders, including the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, outline developments in U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine since the beginning of the Trump Administration, noting their negative impact on Palestinians and the prospects for peace for Israel and Palestine. The statement was sent to all members of Congress and to the Trump administration.

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Maria Khoury: Remembering Arafat, Welcoming Advent

Posted on Nov 15, 2018

Dear Friends of Taybeh,

Wishing all of you a most blessed Holy Advent during this sacred time of year while preparing for the Birth of our Lord and Savior. I hope and pray you might think about future pilgrimage to the Birthplace of our Lord and include our most ancient Taybeh village.

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MECC general secretary said “reinforce wavering stability, and build steadfast and fair peace”

Posted on Nov 15, 2018

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World Council of Churches, 15 November 2018

The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) participated in a Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies on “Inclusive Citizenship in the Middle East and North Africa.” The forum was held 14-15 November.

The forum, held in partnership with the Wilton Park Association, affiliated to the British Foreign Ministry and Adyan Foundation, brought together over 50 prominent Muslim, Christian and other religious scholars from the Middle East, along with a number of policy makers from 11 countries around the world.

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Birzeit University wins prestigious Yasser Arafat Achievement Award

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Over a century, what began as a small girls’ school in Birzeit town has become the most prestigious Palestinian university, transforming Palestinian higher education through its impact on community awareness, culture and resistance. Birzeit University has been a thorn in the side of the occupation, insisting on playing its role of enlightenment and creating a multicultural Palestinian society on the campus grounds. (Birzeit University website)

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — Birzeit University has won the prestigious Yasser Arafat Achievement Award for 2018 in a special ceremony, on Saturday, at the Ramallah Cultural Palace, in central occupied West Bank, commemorating the 14th anniversary of the death of the late Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat.

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The road from T. E. Lawrence’s Damascus to Syria’s civil war

Posted on Nov 11, 2018

In a reign of terror that includes land theft, kidnappings, rape and torture, the ethnic cleansing of Syria’s Christians remains curiously ignored by the West’s political and media classes.

by Christopher Sandford November 10, 2018 | AMERICA, the Jesuit Review

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“Arab horsemen from distant Hejaz today galloped in triumph through the streets of Damascus,” The London Guardian reported on Oct. 1, 1918. “As the sun was setting over the mosques and spires, Major T. E. Lawrence, the young British officer whose tactical guidance has ensured the success of the Arab revolt, drove through the lines in an armoured car. One Arab rider waved his head-dress and shouted, ‘Damascus salutes you.’”

It is a stirring account, although The Guardian also issued a salutary warning about the future administrative control of the region liberated as part of the Arab uprising against the Turks during the closing days of World War I.

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