Posts made in November, 2019

Royal Institute and HCEF Have Signed MOU for a Promising Way Forward: Muslim-Christian Partnership

Posted on Nov 16, 2019

The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) have joined together in a partnership that is outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation. This Memorandum, signed in October, provides guidelines for cooperative efforts “for mutual understanding of cultures and for the advancement of knowledge and its dissemination.” The RIIFS, located in Amman, Jordan, is dedicated to peacebuilding through dialogue, study, and the promotion of ethical values (http://english.riifs.org/en/home).

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Iraq: Rebuilding what is broken

Posted on Nov 16, 2019

Washington Office, November 8, 2019

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach

Over the past several weeks, Iraqis have been protesting in the streets. More than 100 people have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded. The protesters’ demands are basic: They want jobs, improved services such as education, water and electricity, and an end to corruption.

There are many reasons why these conditions are lacking in Iraq. But the role of the U.S. cannot be ignored. The U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and subsequent military occupation led to the dismantling of much of Iraqi society.

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US bishops and Knights of Columbus voice solidarity with Iraq, Lebanon

Posted on Nov 16, 2019

What happens in the next few weeks in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon is crucial for Mideast Christians — and the stability and pluralism of these countries and the wider region. -Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus

Catholic News AgencyWashington D.C., Nov 15, 2019 / 04:28 pm (CNA).- The U.S. bishops and the Knights of Columbus have professed their solidarity with the people of Iraq and Lebanon, telling the Catholic patriarchs of the region that they are praying and working for peace and security.

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Christmas in the Palestinian Territories

Posted on Nov 16, 2019

Christmas is very important in the Palestinian territory of the West Bank as it contains Bethlehem, the town in which Jesus was born. Bethlehem is about six miles (10 kilometres) south of Jerusalem. Bethlehem means ‘house of bread’ and back in history was famous for growing wheat which was made into bread.

Only about 20% of Palestinians are Christian, but many Muslim Palestinians are also proud that Jesus was born in a Palestinian Territory!

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Battir: Beauty captures the eyes and the heart

Posted on Nov 15, 2019

Battir is a historical village with important monuments. These monuments prove that Battir is a Canaanite town. Thank God we are now in the area called the Canaanite Khirbet….

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Pilgrims in the Holy Land, as poor people

Posted on Nov 15, 2019

Christian Media Center
BRIGITTE BLAISE
Paris
“I met Jesus in prison. He came to knock on the door of my cell, then everything came slowly.”

Brigitte arrived in the Holy Land from France: she tells us how her life has changed after three years in prison.

BRIGITTE BLAISE
Paris

“Little by little I asked myself some questions: where was God when I was younger, where was God when I was in darkness? I understood that even in the darkest darkness there is always a light and that God was there to reach out to me.”

She is taking part in a very special pilgrimage, together with a group of 45 people who, like her, have experienced various forms of poverty and fragility: there are those who live on the streets, those who were taken away when they were young because their families were too poor.

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Opening hours at Nativity Church extended by 3 hours in preparation for Christmas

Posted on Nov 13, 2019

by Saher Kawas

BETHLEHEM – The Higher Presidential Committee of Churches Affairs in Palestine announced yesterday Monday, November 11, 2019, that it reached an understanding with the three Churches administrating the Church of the Nativity to extend the opening hours of the holy site by an extra 3 hours, i.e. from 5 am until 8 pm, in preparation for Advent and Christmas.

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Jordan: Latin Patriarchate Schools sign 12 cooperation agreements with Caritas Jordan benefiting Syrian refugees

Posted on Nov 13, 2019

by Saher Kawas

JORDAN – On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, Fr. Wissam Mansour, General Director of Latin Patriarchate Schools in Jordan, signed 12 cooperation agreements in education with Caritas Jordan’s Director Mr. Wael Suleiman, aimed at benefiting Syrian refugee students.

The agreements, which were signed at Our Lady of Peace Center with the blessing of Bishop William Shomali, will help serve 3000-4000 Syrian refugees that attend 12 Latin Patriarchate Schools in 8 governorates in Jordan; Amman, Zarqa, Madaba, Karak, Ajloun, Mafraq, Irbid and Balqa.

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Olive Groves in the West Bank Have Become a Battleground. That’s Why Volunteers Come From Around the World to Help at Harvest Time

Posted on Nov 10, 2019

Image: A Palestinian farmer collects olives in an olive grove on the outskirts of the West Bank village of Raba, near the city of Jenin, on Oct. 19, 2019.

A Palestinian farmer collects olives in an olive grove on the outskirts of the West Bank village of Raba, near the city of Jenin, on Oct. 19, 2019.

BY NOOR IBRAHIM NOVEMBER 1, 2019

This summer, Dylan Jones, a 48-year-old woodworker, walked into an art gallery in his hometown of Caersws, Wales, and found himself drawn to a collection of photographs depicting the harvesting of olives in a small village in the West Bank. He observed grey skies and golden landscapes, men and women reaching up toward the branches of towering olive trees, and piles of purple olives nestled atop a large gray tarp, spread out on the ground.

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Survey: Health care gaps between Jews and Arabs

Posted on Nov 10, 2019

Forwarded by peace activist Adam Keller

Yotam Rosner, Physicians for Human Rights Israel

Dear Friends,

Equality in health is a fundamental civil and human rights principle, enunciated in many international covenants and treaties. Aspiring for equality in health is aspiring for justice, and it means fighting against the exclusion of certain groups from the center of economic, social and political life.

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