Blessing of the new Christian Information Center

Posted on Oct 19, 2018

Christian Media CenterSince 1973 the Christian Information Center offers a steady service to pilgrims. On Monday, October 15, the blessing of the building in a whole new look, took place. Pilgrims, and also the many tourists who flock to Jerusalem will be able to enjoy the first stages of a multimedia exhibition by way of modern technology.

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Acts of vandalism at the cemetery of the Salesian Monastery of Beit Jamal

Posted on Oct 19, 2018

Christian Media CenterNew acts of vandalism against the local Christian community. 28 graves in the Salesian cemetery of the monastery of Beit Jamal have been destroyed, a few kilometers from Jerusalem.

An episode that takes place just 2 years after a similar act of vandalism, that hit the same cemetery and a year after the desecration of the church of the same monastery.

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Holy Land: Catholic Justice and Peace Commission condemn demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

Posted on Oct 19, 2018

Image: Catholic Justice and Peace Commission released statement on demolition of Khan al-Ahmar

People gather for evening prayer in Khan al Ahmar, October 2018. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land has issued the following statement strongly condemning the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar.

“After a long period of legal struggle, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the Israeli Authorities are entitled to demolish the Bedouin village at Khan al-Ahmar and areas nearby and transfer the residents to an area near Jericho,” the statement reads. “Many of these people were already displaced after the 1948 War and are now, once again, being violently uprooted to make way for more illegal Israeli settlements.”

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Chaldean cardinal says promised U.S. aid for Iraq hasn’t come

Posted on Oct 17, 2018

Image: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, Iraq, show the signed agreement on the Hungarian government's contribution of funds for restoring the houses of Iraqi. (CNS photo/Noemi Bruzak, EPA)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, Iraq, show the signed agreement on the Hungarian government’s contribution of funds for restoring the houses of Iraqi. (CNS photo/Noemi Bruzak, EPA)

… he suggested that the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which gave way to years of instability that facilitated the birth of the Islamic State group, was responsible for the exodus of Iraqi Christians from communities that have existed since the time of Jesus.

Nicole Winfield – Associated Press |Susannah George – Associated Press

America, the Jesuit Review October 17, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church complained on Tuesday that promised U.S. aid for religious minorities in Iraq hasn’t materialized, issuing an unusual public rebuke of the United States on the same day Washington announced a new infusion of assistance.

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Christian Peacemaker Team: Occupation of Palestinian Homes

Posted on Oct 16, 2018

Image: Most recent settler occupation of Palestinian homes

Most recent settler occupation of Palestinian homes

Christian Peacemaker Team, October 16, 2018 – This week the Israeli government approved over $6 million dollars of funding for settlement expansion in al-Khalil. 31 housing units are slated to be built. This is in violation of international law, as an occupying power is not permitted to move its own citizens into occupied territory. Settlements significantly impact Palestinian life as there are more restrictions, the potential for harassment and violence towards Palestinians.

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As Bethlehem’s Mayor, I Ask: Why Are U.S. Christians Celebrating Israeli Policies Strangling Jesus’ Birthplace?

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Image: Mayor Anton Salman

Mayor Anton Salman

Haaretz | Oct 15, 2017

Anton Salman

The language of Netanyahu and his cabinet increasingly references a Bible-citing and religious, rather than political, war against the Palestinians. And American evangelicals are his enthusiastic foot-soldiers.

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Bethlehem Mayor Blasts Netanyahu: Stop Using Christians to Whitewash Occupation

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Image: ARCHIVE - Bethlehem, 2014

ARCHIVE – Bethlehem, 2014Nasser Nasser / AP

Netanyahu said on Sunday that the number of Christians in the city has plummeted since its handover to the Palestinian Authority

Oct 15, 2018 4:42 PM

by Jack Khoury

Bethlehem Mayor Anton Salman strongly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, calling on the premier to stop “using Christians as a tool to whitewash the occupation.”

Salman was responding to comments made by Netanyahu on Sunday at the Christian Media Summit in Jerusalem, a gathering of Christian journalists from around the world.

In his speech Sunday, Netanyahu said that “Israel is the only country in the Middle East where the Christian community thrives and grows,” and criticized the treatment of Christians by the Palestinian Authority.

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Fr. Davide Meli defends Masters thesis in Sacred Theology at Pontifical Lateran University in Rome

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

ROME – On Thursday, October 11 , 2018, Fr. Davide Meli, a priest of the Latin Patriarchate defended his thesis for Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. His presentation was on the “Ad Limina” Visits of three Latin Patriarchs in 1877, 1893 and 1913.

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Samia Khoury: YWCA of Palestine International Youth Conference

Posted on Oct 13, 2018

by Samia Khoury

The Young Women’s Christian Association of Palestine (YWCA), a member of the World YWCA, is holding its international conference on Youth this weekend based on UN Security Council Resolution 2250. The resolution which was adopted on Dec. 9, 2015, emphasizes the importance of youth as agents of change in the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. So the slogan of the conference is  “Youth participate, and Youth decide; Toward Freedom and Justice.” Youth from Gaza were also able to attend through video conference linked with the YMCA of Gaza. I was at the opening session yesterday, and felt so proud of this organization which has been so close to my heart and where I had spent many years of my volunteer work. I wish I could have stayed throughout the conference sessions, but physically I cannot cope anymore. I could not even attend the special reception in the evening marking 125 years on the establishment of the YWCA of Palestine. Quite a long and rich history.

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Shaded sports and recreational area project completed in Latin Patriarchate School in Gaza

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

GAZA – It is the last project of El-Zaitoun Latin Compound Master Plan to be completed. The new shaded sports and recreational area will allow students to play and spend quality time in a safe space.

Since 2014, many rehabilitation projects have been launched at El-Zaitoun Compound to repair the damages and destruction caused by the last war in Gaza. The sports and recreational area is the last project to be completed. In the past, the floor of this area was damaged, and accidents occurred often. The area also lacked appropriate playgrounds for the different sports. Restrooms were broken and there were no changing rooms for students and sport teachers.

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