Posts made in February, 2020

To preserve memory and update the history of Redemption

Posted on Feb 28, 2020

February 26, 2020

Every day, the shrines of the Holy Land welcome pilgrims from all over the world.

Mystical places where the grace of Revelation is experienced.

The Custody of the Holy Land has the task of preserving more than 50 sanctuaries, located in the current borders of Israel, Palestine and Jordan.

From Mount Nebo, where Moses contemplated the Promised Land…

…to the sanctuaries of Jesus’ life, passion and death.

Jerusalem is considered the heart of the Holy Land.

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“Mediterranean, frontier of peace”

Posted on Feb 28, 2020

February 24, 2020

It already promises to be the first step on a path that cannot stop. The meeting dedicated to the “Mediterranean frontier of peace” brought together for three days 58 bishops and patriarchs of 20 countries to discuss the main challenges of the Mediterranean basin – peace, migration, dialogue -, challenges that must be faced together.

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An Open Letter to US Congress: Statement on Israel-Palestine “Peace Plan”

Posted on Feb 28, 2020

Churches for Middle East Peace, a network of organizations working for peace in Israel-Palestine of which MOGC is a member, released the following statement on February 25 on the Trump administration’s “Peace to Prosperity” plan for Israel-Palestine. The following article was published in the March-April 2020 issue of NewsNotes.

Dear Members of Congress:

As U.S.-based Christian communions and organizations, we are deeply committed to a peaceful and just end to the conflict in Israel-Palestine. We affirm the need for strong—but fair— U.S. leadership to help encourage a future in which Israelis and Palestinians can live side by side in peace and security with both peoples truly flourishing. It is in this spirit that we write to share our deep disappointment with the Trump Administration’s announced “Peace to Prosperity” proposal, which we believe will only further perpetuate violence, fear, and discord.

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The Religious of the Holy Land study the local Jewish world

Posted on Feb 28, 2020

February 26, 2020

What do you mean by the word “Jew”? And how do you talk about what happens in the Holy Land? Questions that seem simple in appearance, but whose answers can be very complex. It’s necessary to go back to school in some way and study the surrounding reality carefully: that’s what the Union of Religious of the Holy Land is doing, engaged in a training course on the articulated Christian, Jewish and Muslim local world.

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Ecumenical forum in Amman pushes for just peace in Palestine and Israel

Posted on Feb 27, 2020

World Council of Churches

26 February 2020

An ecumenical consultation being held in Amman, Jordan, 25-26 February is exploring “Just Peace in Palestine and Israel.”

Those gathered are discussing new developments and the current situation in Israel and Palestine, as well as ecumenical responses and initiatives. The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) has been an important way to consult ecumenically and coordinate activities for just peace, and the structure and mandate will be revised.

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Historic Iraqi church to be rebuilt

Posted on Feb 24, 2020

Image: Isis training center in Christian church, Iraq. Credit: Lena Ha/Shutterstock

Isis training center in Christian church, Iraq. Credit: Lena Ha/Shutterstock

Mosul, Iraq, Feb 18, 2020 / 03:10 pm (CNA).- The rebuilding of a Syriac Catholic church in Mosul, Iraq, destroyed by ISIS will begin soon, the U.N.’s heritage agency (UNESCO) announced last week.

Al-Tahera church, in the old city of Mosul, was severely damaged after ISIS invaded the city in June of 2014.

Among numerous documented murders and other atrocities committed against Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in the area, ISIS destroyed at least 28 significant religious sites in the city, one of which was the Al-Tahera church.

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Pope Francis on Middle East: War should never be considered normal

Posted on Feb 24, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Bari, Italy, Feb 23, 2020 / 07:00 am (CNA).- War is madness, Pope Francis told bishops gathered in the Italian city of Bari Sunday in a speech that warned against populist sentiments and condemned countries that sell weapons that fund wars in the Middle East.

“War can never be mistaken for normality or accepted as an inescapable way to regulate divergences and opposing interests. Never,” Pope Francis said Feb. 23 in Bari, Italy.

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The Government of Israel Has a Very Serious Antisemitism Problem

Posted on Feb 23, 2020

The government of Israel is engaged in what is perhaps the worst example of antisemitism in the world today, writes Miko Peled, and its aimed at its very own Orthodox Jewish community.

February 21st, 2020


Image:Ultra-Orthodox Jews block a main road during a protest against Israeli army conscription, in Jerusalem. Ariel Schalit | AP

Ultra-Orthodox Jews block a main road during a protest against Israeli army conscription, in Jerusalem. Ariel Schalit | AP

By Miko Peled*

Jerusalem, Palestine — As Zionist organizations around the world weaponize antisemitism and use it as a tool to bring down politicians and other public figures with whom they disagree, the state of Israel is engaged in what is perhaps the worst example of antisemitism in the world today.

A rebellion against the Almighty

According to Halakhah, strict Jewish law, the Jewish people have been in exile as a result of a heavenly decree for sinning against the Almighty. According to the Talmud, the central text of Rabbinic Judaism and the primary source of Jewish law – exiled Jews took three vows they must observe while in exile:

  1. Not to rebel against the nations
  2. To avoid a mass return to the Holy Land
  3. To avoid any actions that will hasten the end of the exile
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Hero in Hanukkah attack declining $20K reward over Zionism

Posted on Feb 23, 2020

Associated PressFebruary 22, 2020, 5:21 PM PST

WEST NYACK, N.Y. (AP) — An Orthodox Jewish man credited as a hero for attacking a knife-wielding man who stabbed five people during a Hanukkah celebration north of New York City is refusing to take a $20,000 reward from established Jewish groups because he considers them Zionists, according to a rabbi who knows him.

Officials with the Jewish Federation and the Anti-Defamation League told The Journal News that they were caught off guard by Josef Gluck’s decision to turn down the reward, the newspaper reported Friday.

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Pope Francis urges bishops of the Mediterranean to promote peace and counteract populist hate speech

Posted on Feb 23, 2020

His reference to “inequitable solutions” appears to be his first public comment on the much-criticized proposal presented by President Donald Trump as a solution to the more than 70-year-old conflict.

by Gerard O’Connell, America’s Vatican correspondent, February 23, 2020

Seeking to promote peace in the region around the Mediterranean Sea, Pope Francis spoke out against those who conduct or foster armed conflict in the area, and against populist leaders who stir up fear and hate towards migrants and advocate the building of walls. He did so when he addressed a gathering of some 50 bishops from the 19 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, in the southern Italian city of Bari on Sunday morning, Feb. 23.

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