Posts made in June, 2019

Shibly: the testimony of a Holy Sepulcher Kawas

Posted on Jun 29, 2019

Shibley established a family and began his career, recalling the main role played by the Custody of the Holy Land in preserving the remaining “Living Stones” in this land…. “Believe me, If the Franciscans were not here in the Holy Land, there will be no Christians here.”

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THE FEAST OF THE BIRTH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST IN EIN KAREM

Posted on Jun 28, 2019

Prophet for some Jews, the forerunner of Christ for the Christians: the birth of St. John the Baptist is both an appointment of prayer and an opportunity for dialogue between two communities. The village of Ein Karem, nestled in the green hills at the edge of the city of Jerusalem, is the most suitable place for both.

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Come un respiro

Posted on Jun 28, 2019

Christian Media CenterThe book “Like a Breath”, which describes the spiritual journey of Luisa Jaques, known as Sister Mary of the Trinity, Poor Clare of Jerusalem, was presented at the Monastery of the Poor Clares in Jerusalem. A biography, but also a meditation arranged according to themes of the vast patrimony of faith and spirituality that Sister Mary of the Trinity left behind, above all through the “Inner Colloquium”: that is, the transcription, already published in the middle of the last century and translated into 10 languages, of the words that Sister Mary of the Trinity heard during the years spent in Jerusalem spoken directly by Jesus, particularly after having received communion. Selim Sayegh, Patriarchal Vicar Emeritus for Jordan, is the author of “Come un respiro”, and Father Pier Giorgio Gianazza translated the book, published by Edizioni Terra Santa, into Italian.

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Can Zionism Be Redeemed?

Posted on Jun 28, 2019

As an interfaith educator and activist involved in Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking for close to 40 years, I remain pessimistic for the short term; but I remain hopeful for the longer term, as I continue my work with allies of different faiths for a healing of the holy land.

by Yekhezkel Landau*

I am a dual Israeli-American citizen who is anguished and alarmed over the odious political situation in both of my beloved countries. Chauvinist and racist governments led by corrupt, authoritarian, self-serving leaders have assumed power in both Israel and the United States by exacerbating fear, resentment, and hatred against demonized Others.

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Iraqi Christians face uncertain future, U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom says

Posted on Jun 28, 2019

By Matt Hadro

Washington D.C., Jun 27, 2019 / 12:00 pm (CNA) – The security of Christians in Northern Iraq remains “tenuous” and will require close attention in the future, the State Department’s religious freedom ambassador told members of Congress on Thursday.

While the situation is “far better in Northern Iraq right now” for Yazidis and Christians, who in 2016 were recognized by the State Department as genocide victims of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, there is still a lack of “true security in the area,” Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback said.

Ambassador Brownback testified on June 27 at the hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, chaired by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), on “Violations of the International Right to Freedom of Religion” of Christians.

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WCC, IJCIC agree to restore formal relations, strengthen communication

Posted on Jun 28, 2019

“Among the issues that informed this gathering were: the rise of xenophobic nationalist movements in much of the world; suspicion of the agendas of religious communities and institutions, especially in Europe; the resurgence of overt antisemitism; the prevalence of Islamophobia; newly emerging anti-Christian attitudes; the continuing non-resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; worldwide hostility to vulnerable minorities; and the shocking erosion of civil society in many places and ways.”

28 June 2019
The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC ) have met formally on 25-27 June in Paris.

This meeting, under the theme “The normalization of hatred: challenges for Jews and Christians today,” took place at a time of challenges both to religious life in general and to each of our communities in their various contexts,” reads a communique released by the two groups.

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Catholic leaders caution against war with Iran as tensions escalate

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

by Kevin Clarke, America’s chief correspondent and the author of Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out (Liturgical Press).

May 20, 2019This report was significantly updated on June 20 with new content from Catholic News Service.

As tensions rose further in the Gulf of Oman after U.S. officials accused Iran of playing a role in two more attacks on merchant shipping transiting through the Strait of Hormuz, the chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for International Justice and Peace urged dialogue and restraint. In a letter to the Trump administration released to the public on June 19, Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services called on the Trump administration to avoid a military confrontation and to seek “sustained dialogue…to de-escalate the current situation that is a danger to both the region and the world.”

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Syriac Catholic bishops optimistic amid dispersion of their faithful

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

Image: Syriac Catholic bishops from around the world met for their annual synod in Lebanon, June 17-22, led by Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan. (CNS photo/courtesy Syriac Catholic patriarchate) See SYRIAC-CATHOLIC-SYNOD-OPTIMISM June 24, 2019. Editors: best quality available.

Syriac Catholic bishops from around the world met for their annual synod in Lebanon, June 17-22, led by Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan. (CNS photo/courtesy Syriac Catholic patriarchate) See SYRIAC-CATHOLIC-SYNOD-OPTIMISM June 24, 2019. Editors: best quality available.

By Doreen Abi Raad Catholic News Service

BEIRUT (CNS) — Faced with the migration of Christians from Syria and Iraq, Syriac Catholic bishops meeting in Lebanon for their annual synod called upon church members “scattered everywhere in the East and West” to cling to their faith with hope so they “can be witnesses to the joy of the Gospel wherever they are.”

In a statement at the conclusion of the June 17-22 gathering led by Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan, the bishops acknowledged the suffering of the faithful in the face of “endless wars, persecutions, acts of violence, terrorism, displacement, murder and destruction, and the uprooting of a large number of nationals from the land of fathers and grandparents — Syria and Iraq — and their dispersion throughout the world.”

Yet the bishops stressed that they also are optimistic, “thanking God for the return of many displaced people to their villages” in Iraq and Syria.

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How two Iraqi peacemakers are rebuilding community after ISIS

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

by Kevin Clarke, America’s chief correspondent and the author of Oscar Romero: Love Must Win Out (Liturgical Press).

The Christian families of Qaraqosh in northern Iraq were driven from their homes when ISIS extremists overran the city in August 2014. Those who have returned confront a difficult task—rebuilding homes, businesses and churches that had been damaged or destroyed during the ISIS occupation or the coalition air-and-ground offensive to drive the militants out of the city in 2017. Surveying the the reconstruction efforts, Joe Cassar, S.J., who leads the efforts of Jesuit Refugee Service in the region, told America rebuilding houses is good and necessary, but just as important is rebuilding trust.

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Palestinian Christians Welcome Pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to the Holy Land

Posted on Jun 25, 2019

During May, a group of 22 American Catholic pilgrims from three parishes in Los Angeles made a memorable HCEF-organized Living Stones Pilgrimage to Palestine and Jordan. Led by Father Bill McLean, a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the group visited Galilee, Nablus, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jericho, and the Ramallah area in Palestine. A portion of the group then continued to Jordan for an additional three days, visiting the Jordan River, Amman, Petra, Madaba, and Mount Nebo, before returning to the U.S.

During their pilgrimage, the group did not miss a single stop typically visited on other tours, and in addition, visited significant Palestinian Christian sites normally unreachable through Jerusalem-based pilgrimage programs. When pilgrims journey with HCEF Living Stones Pilgrimages, they not only experience the awe-inspiring majesty of the region’s holy places, but also the richness of local hospitality and culture – the living, breathing legacy of Christ. Wherever they visited, the group’s Palestinian hosts expressed warm wishes that they would come back soon!

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