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Kairos Palestine Easter Alert 2020

Posted on Apr 6, 2020

Global MinistriesBY MIDDLE EAST & EUROPE – GLOBAL MINISTRIES ON APRIL 01, 2020

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Introduction
written by Patriarch Michel Sabbah

Christ is risen, indeed He is risen. Let us rejoice and be glad.

We rejoice because Jesus Christ, who triumphed over death, enables us also to triumph over all forms of death in our life. In our life, indeed, the forms of death are many.

Some of the world’s great—along with many of those who have power—are still walking in the ways of death. They are imposing many wars on our Middle East and on our Holy Land, the land of the Resurrection. They see nothing but death as a way to life. The strong in our land continue to see the death imposed on the Palestinian people as their only way to life and security.

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Interreligious Prayer in Jerusalem

Posted on Apr 5, 2020

March 27, 2020

This is how they greet each other on the terrace of Jerusalem City Hall. No handshake is formally allowed to religious leaders invited by the mayor of the Holy City to ask God’s help against the Coronavirus.

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The collection for the Holy Land Has Been Moved to September

Posted on Apr 5, 2020

This collection is the one that allows us not only to take care of the Holy Places, but above all to take care of the local Christian communities.

The 2020 Holy Week will be a very atypical one. The rites of the Easter Triduum will be celebrated without the participation of the faithful. For this reason, the Congregation for the Eastern Churches has deemed it appropriate to postpone the Holy Land Collection which is usually offered on Good Friday to Catholics all over the world.

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Holyland Institute for the Deaf and Deafblind (HLID)

Posted on Apr 5, 2020

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. ​

Asma Masadeh from Jordan trains children who are both deaf and blind.

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Lebanon’s Churches are adjusting to the restrictions imposed on Holy Week

Posted on Apr 5, 2020

“…no more ‘my country first,’ at the expense of others”
Superior General of the Good Shepherd sisters, Sister Ellen Kelly

By Fady Noun/ asianews.it

Lebanon’s Churches are adjusting to the restrictions imposed on Holy Week by the COVID-19 pandemic. The “picturesque and colourful” processions of Palm Sunday were cancelled. Liturgical services are being held behind closed doors, but the faithful have been able to follow them via the Internet. The health crisis is a “dark night” that we must face as “one”.

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Israel to help Christians share ‘holy fire’ amid outbreak

Posted on Apr 4, 2020

Image: A worker disinfects the doors of the closed Church if the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, as general public movements are limited to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

A worker disinfects the doors of the closed Church if the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, as general public movements are limited to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

by JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press, April 3, 2020

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is working with foreign governments and Orthodox Christian leaders in the Holy Land to make sure that one of their most ancient and mysterious rituals — the Holy Fire ceremony — is not extinguished by the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Friday.

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Patriarch Sabbah: ‘The epidemic is not a punishment for any sin’

Posted on Apr 4, 2020

FRIDAY, APRIL 4, 2020

THE EPIDEMIC IS NOT A PUNISHMENT FOR ANY SIN

by Patriarch Michel Sabbah

About the epidemic too… Is it a punishment?

Some may ask this question: Is this epidemic a punishment from God for humanity, for its many evils, wars, injustices, famines, misuse of religion, discrimination between poor and rich and so on?

First, the epidemic is a normal consequence of human attitudes, the result of human science or ignorance. It is the result of peoples’ relationship with each other. Humanity has to face it with all its scientific capacities. The believers who seee God, face it with prayer, as well as turn to God, good, almighty and loving all humankind. Distress becomes a way back to God, a means of purifying oneself, coming closer to God, Creator, and to all one’s brothers and sisters in humanity.

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Is not the Corona pandemic enough?

Posted on Apr 4, 2020

by Samia Khoury of East Jerusalem

While the United Nations Secretary General is calling on all countries to silence the guns and focus on collectively saving humanity from this vicious pandemic that is ravaging societies around the globe, Israel finds it very timely to increase its oppression of the Palestinians under occupation.

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Palm Sunday at the Latin Patriarchate Co-Cathedral | Jerusalem 2020

Posted on Apr 4, 2020

Palm Sunday, April 5, 2020

11.00 am (Jerusalem Time) – Palm Sunday Celebration presided over by HE Mgr. Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem, in the Latin Patriarchate Co-Cathedral, in Jerusalem. The Celebration will be in Arabic.

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(Virtually) Spend Easter in Jerusalem with Sabeel!

Posted on Apr 2, 2020

This Easter, join our Sabeel elders from Jerusalem as they share lessons of liberation and spiritual survival in the midst of continued dispossession, health crises and international chaos. Let us gather together to remember that just as Jesus died on the cross to reveal the eternal, divinity is revealed in the midst of physical destruction.

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