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Archaeological Excavation at a Byzantine Church in Ramallah

Posted on Oct 18, 2019

Christian Media CenterStones are scattered, silent, but somehow yelling that Christians should not abandon this land quenched by the precious blood of Christ.

Fr ELIAS AWAD Priest of the Greek Orthodox Parish – Ramallah “As Christ has told us, ‘And you will be my witnesses on this earth until I come.’ Here we are steadfast in our land and holy places. We must stay here, to maintain our presence in the land of Christ.”

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War returns to Syria

Posted on Oct 18, 2019

Christian Media CenterBr FIRAS LUFTI, ofm Minister Friars Minor Syria, Lebanon and Jordan “We were hoping that the war would end, and instead another dramatic chapter is opening up from the north, from Turkey’s side.”

War is back in Syria. Or rather, it never completely disappeared. And it is the Kurdish people, hit by the invasion of Turkey, who are paying the price. Once again, the tragedy of the civilian victims and evacuees, hundreds of thousands, of a people who had already known – and fought – the terror of the Isis. Whole families are fleeing from the bombs..there is also a Christian community of different expressions…there are Armenians, Chaldeans, Assyrians.

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Choosing Life by Rosh Hashanah 5790: We have one decade left to “fix” the climate

Posted on Oct 17, 2019

“R. Chanina b. Dosa exclaimed: Master of the Universe, the whole world is in distress…whereupon rain fell.”  ~ Talmud, b.Taanit 24b

We are in the third week of 5780, the week of Sukkot, when we pray for the water cycle and the fertility of the land. Our Sukkot prayers are focused right at the level where weather, the day-to-day changes everyone likes to talk about, turns into climate, the thing we need to do something about. In ancient Israel it was a time of great joy, but also great danger – if the rain didn’t start to fall when it was needed, the whole society could quickly face famine.

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Settlers use crowbars to beat up rabbi, 80, who was aiding Palestinian olive harvest

Posted on Oct 17, 2019

Image result for adam keller peace activistIsraeli peace activist Adam Keller writes from Tel Aviv:

Octogenarian Israeli activist and four foreigners injured in northern West Bank when assailants arrived with crowbars, went on to burn hundreds of trees, Yesh Din says…

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Signature of an agreement between the Custody of the Holy Land and Italian Institutions

Posted on Oct 17, 2019

Custodia Terrae Sanctae

The signature is part of the agreement signed by the three major Christian communities, custodians of the Holy Place and responsible for the Status Quo in the Holy Sepulchre, to start the second phase of restoration of the foundations of the Edicule and the floor of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.

 

Jerusalem, 8 October 2019

On Tuesday 8th October at 6.00 p.m. at the Custody of the Holy Land, a framework agreement was signed between the Custody of the Holy Land and “La VenariaReale” Foundation Centre for the Preservation and Restoration of the Cultural heritage of Turin in collaboration with the Department of Classical Studies of  “La Sapienza” University of Rome.

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Archbishop Pizzaballa attends opening of “The Latins of Cyprus” exhibition in Nicosia

Posted on Oct 17, 2019

Editor’s Note: Latins = Roman Catholics

NICOSIA – On Thursday, October 10, 2019, H.E. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, attended the opening the “The Latins of Cyprus” exhibition, organized by the House of Representatives at the initiative of the Latin Community in Cyprus. The exhibition, which takes place at the Castelliotissa Hall in Nicosia, aims to highlight the presence and achievements of the Latin Community in Cyprus throughout the centuries.

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Pope appeals for dialogue for northeast Syria

Posted on Oct 16, 2019

Pope Francis appeals for honest and transparent dialogue to solve the current military crisis in northeast Syria.

By Linda Bordoni | 13 October 2019

Pope Francis on Sunday renewed his appeal to all parties involved in the current military offensive in northeast Syria and to the International Community to “sincerely engage, with honesty and transparency, on the path of dialogue in order to seek effective solutions.”

Image: Residents of Akcakale near the Turkish border with Syria flee violence

Residents of Akcakale near the Turkish border with Syria flee violence (AFP or licensors)

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Visit of a Delegation from the International Society for Oriental Christians – Germany

Posted on Oct 16, 2019

Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch

On October 8, 2019, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the International Society for Oriental Christians, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma – Damascus. The delegation included Mr. Hanna Afrim, Paulos Kurt, Heinz Neff as well as journalists and authors.

During the meeting, His Holiness welcomed the delegation and appreciated their positive attitude and support of the Syrian people who [are] winning the fight against terrorism and conspiracy. He emphasized the importance of this visit to observe the reality and visit the diverse projects of the Patriarchate in order to offer the support and aid for the Syrian people who are still attached to their land and country.

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How Israeli doctors enable the Shin Bet’s torture industry

Posted on Oct 12, 2019

From approving brutal interrogation techniques to writing false medical reports, doctors in Israel have taken an active role in the torture of Palestinian prisoners.

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A New “Way of the Cross” for Jerusalem

Posted on Oct 11, 2019

Christian Media CenterUntil today, the route taken by Jesus to Calvary was marked by metal discs and Roman numerals. Now, next to them, it will be the strength and emotion of the sculpture that will describe each station of the Way of the Cross in Jerusalem. The new bronze sculptures representing the first nine stages of the Passion have been inaugurated along the Via Dolorosa (the remaining five will be placed in the Franciscan chapel inside the Holy Sepulchre). The primary objective is to allow the millions of pilgrims who travel through it to go back in time for a moment, up to two thousand years ago.

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