Posts made in November, 2018

Global Catholic tech: Online Arabic catechetical program unites Middle East Catholics

Posted on Nov 9, 2018

By Courtney Grogan

Vatican City, Oct 21, 2018 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- A bishop from Lebanon shared at the 2018 Synod of Bishops how his online catechesis program in Arabic has helped him to unite young Catholics across the Middle East.

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Scrolls and biblical manuscripts on display at the Custody of the Holy Land

Posted on Nov 9, 2018

Nov. 7, 2018 – An exhibition on the Bible hosted by the Custody of the Holy Land, brings together almost 40 parchments, manuscripts and ancient books.

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Kafr Bar’am and the Christian tradition that is kept alive

Posted on Nov 9, 2018

We are in Upper Galilee, three kilometers from the border with Lebanon. The small village of Kafr Bar’am was the refuge of the Maronite Christians who arrived mainly from northern Lebanon seeking refuge. They left their country because of the wars, the difficult conditions of life and the persecutions suffered during the Ottoman rule. Initially, they were simple workers. Progressively, they bought land and managed to settle in the region.

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Curious facts about the Old City of Nazareth

Posted on Nov 9, 2018

Nov. 6, 2018 – Old City of Nazareth. Within walking distance of the Basilica of the Annunciation, we enter the Arab market and here we find a place rich in cultural heritage, opportunities to learn about the daily life of its inhabitants and so to dive into the history of Christianity.

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“The Jewish War”: an international symposium in Jerusalem

Posted on Nov 9, 2018

Nov. 5, 2018 – Gathering together the major experts from Canada, United States, Europe and Israel and the French biblical school of archaeology of Jerusalem, the École Biblique, creates an international congress on the topic of “Rethinking the Jewish War” (66-74 CE)

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Three ways Catholics can respond to anti-Jewish violence

Posted on Nov 5, 2018

Note: The following was published in AMERICA, the Jesuit Review. So far there are three comments by readers of AMERICA.

Image: A young man on Oct. 29 at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters)

A young man on Oct. 29 at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. (CNS photo/Cathal McNaughton, Reuters)

by John J. Conley, S.J.

For us it is a family matter.

When I first heard of the massacre at the synagogue in Squirrel Hill, I contacted my sister-in-law. Patti is a Jewish woman originally from the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh. For decades, her family lived several blocks from the Tree of Life Synagogue. They occasionally attended services there; other relatives and friends were congregants. We waited to hear the names of the victims announced by the police on Saturday night.

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The normalization dilemma

Posted on Nov 4, 2018

Yoav Peckby Yoav Peck, Director of the Sulha Peace Project | The Times of Israel

For 18 years, the Sulha Peace Project has brought together Palestinians from across the territories with Israelis from around the country, in order to hold people-to-people dialogue and solidarity-building. Of late, many of our Palestinian activists have endured harsh anti-normalization criticism from their friends and relatives, and some have been dragged into long, humiliating interrogations at the hands of Palestinian security. The director of a site where we held a recent gathering was harassed by the Palestinian Authority for renting us space.

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Rabbi Alissa Wise: How do we want future generations to live?

Posted on Nov 2, 2018

Image: Rabbi Alissa Wise, Deputy Director

Rabbi Alissa Wise, Deputy Director

What a searing week. I still can barely wrap my head around the shooting in Pittsburgh. And then this morning I woke up to the news that someone sprayed disgusting antisemitic slogans across a major synagogue in Brooklyn – a place my friends and I have met and prayed.

We are in a moment of profound moral reckoning as a community – as a society, even as a planet. We are being challenged to answer: how do we want the future generations to live?

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Israel/Palestine: Protecting Palestinian village

Posted on Nov 2, 2018

Israeli authorities postponed the demolition of the Bedouin village Khan-al-Ahmar as Palestinians striked along the West Bank.

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