Posts made in June, 2019

FOSNA: Counter CUFI, Washington, DC, July 7 and 8, 2019

Posted on Jun 20, 2019

 

For too long, Palestinians have been calling for freedom, justice, and equality. As organizations that share these values, we urge you to join us in confronting Christians United for Israel (CUFI). CUFI has quietly become the largest organization in the United States driving support for Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people. With over five million members, CUFI uses its political leverage to ensure ongoing U.S. support for Israel’s colonization and military occupation of Palestine, including imprisoning Palestinian children; bombing homes, schools, and hospitals in Gaza; massacring peaceful protestors; and confiscating Palestinian land.

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Eritrean Catholic Church denounces government seizure of health clinics

Posted on Jun 19, 2019

image: The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Asmara. Credit: Hailu Wudineh TSEGAYE/Shutterstock.

The Church of Our Lady of the Rosary in Asmara. Credit: Hailu Wudineh TSEGAYE/Shutterstock.

Asmara, Eritrea, Jun 18, 2019 / 02:26 pm (CNA).- The Eritrean Catholic Church has criticized the government of the one-party state for seizing and closing its 22 health clinics throughout the country last week.

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Israel is not as Christian-friendly as you think

Posted on Jun 19, 2019

According to a Pew Research study, 86% of Israeli Christians strongly believe that the US is too supportive of Israel. Only a small percentage of American Christians—18%–believe that the US is too supportive of Israel.

by Kathryn Shihadah, If Americans Knew

July 12, 2017 – The New Testament records that Jesus Christ took two loaves of bread and five fish, and fed five thousand people. Ancient believers identified the place where they believe this miracle happened and built a church on the site. Today the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes stands in Israel, its 5th century mosaic floors still intact. Outside is a large rock where, legend has it, Jesus placed the bread before he distributed it to the crowd.

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Teaching and transmitting love of the Bible

Posted on Jun 18, 2019

Curia - Latin Patriarchate of JerusalemA conversation with Father Jean-Jacques Pérennès, director of the Ecole Biblique of Jerusalem

Interview by François Vayne, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Father Pérennès, could you summarize in few words the great history of the Ecole Biblique et Archéologique Française (French Bible and Archaeological School) of Jerusalem (EBAF), beginning with its foundation by Father Lagrange in 1890?

The Ecole Biblique was founded by Father Marie-Joseph Lagrange at a time when the progress of modern sciences (history, archaeology, linguistics) seemed to threaten the credibility of the Bible. Eminent scholars such as Ernest Renan and Alfred Loisy left the Catholic Church in a brutal manner, suggesting that it was not able to accept the challenge of a critical reading of the Bible.

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Israeli court upholds shady sale of Jerusalem church property to settlers

Posted on Jun 18, 2019

Church property in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City may end up in the hands of a radical settler group that could bar Christian access to their holy sites.

by Nir Hasson, reposted from Ha’aretz

The leaders of a number of Christian denominations in Jerusalem issued an unusual joint statement in which they criticized the Supreme Court’s decision on Monday to uphold the sale of three properties by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate to an organization that seeks to increase Jewish presence in Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Christian Peacemaking Team Palestine: “To the coming generations”

Posted on Jun 16, 2019

Christian Peacemaking Team, Hebron – On May 10, 2019, CPT Palestine was called out to a major incident in Tel Rumeida. On arrival, we found that around 50 Israeli soldiers, together with a number of armed settlers, had just arrested two young Palestinian men. Talk about using a sledgehammer to crack a nut!

At first, Israeli soldiers photographed our passports, and we were not allowed to enter the immediate area, as it had been declared a “closed military zone.” Finally, when we were allowed in, the first person we saw was the mother of one of the men, sitting on a step. She looked distraught.

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The International Council for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation in Jerusalem

Posted on Jun 14, 2019

Christian Media Center

The meeting of the International Council for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation took place in Jerusalem, at the Custody of the Holy Land, from June 2 to 9.

The JPIC Office of the Order of Friars Minor is composed of 13 conferences, which group the provinces by language and geographical area, with the addition of a fourteenth province, that of the Holy Land. Each conference has a delegate who then forms the International Council.

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“Time Adventure”: First Christian Youth Camp for the Working Class

Posted on Jun 14, 2019

Christian Media Center

Between the 3rd and 6th of June, the General Secretariat for the Christian Youth in the Holy Land held its first camp for the working class of “Christ the Redeemer Church” in the village of Taybeh, with the participation of sixty young men and women from various parishes.

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‘Building Bridges’ for Muslim and Christian scholars is a process

Posted on Jun 13, 2019

A Christian and a Muslim scholar have told a seminar at the World Council of Churches (WCC) about their work in an annual “Building Bridges” seminar with “freedom” as the theme, as participants described what they do as a process, not an event.

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The Most Islamic Country Is … New Zealand?

Posted on Jun 13, 2019

“We are one,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in the wake of the March mass shooting that left 60 worshippers in two Christchurch mosques dead and turned the small Pacific island nation into the center of the Islamic world’s attention.

New Zealanders came together, regardless of color or creed, to mourn and to help the grieving Muslim community recover. Social integration and empathy are sacred in Islam. New Zealand’s population is only 1 percent Muslim, but …

According to a new analysis, New Zealand is the country that most closely follows Quranic principles.

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