Cardinal Nichols visits Gaza’s Christians

‘Their numbers are small, but their faith is strong,’ the cardinal said Cardinal Vincent Nichols visited the Gaza Strip on Sunday to offer support to the territory’s tiny Christian minority. The Archbishop of Westminster praised Gaza’s Christians, whose numbers have dwindled during a decade of Hamas rule and an Israeli-Egyptian blockade. “There has always been… Continue reading Cardinal Nichols visits Gaza’s Christians

English bishop to Palestinians: don’t let despair lead to ‘unbridled violence’

Bishop Lang expresses concern over escalating violence in Israel and Palestine Bishop Declan Lang of Clifton has expressed “mounting concern” over the escalation of violence in Israel and Palestine. Bishop Lang, chairman of the international affairs’ department of the bishops’ conference, said he prayed for the “dead and injured” on both sides and called upon… Continue reading English bishop to Palestinians: don’t let despair lead to ‘unbridled violence’

Unrest flares in West Bank and Jerusalem

Four Israelis were recently killed in Jerusalem in an apparent act of revenge for the killing of a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint Unrest flared in early October throughout the West Bank and Jerusalem, which has experienced tensions during September, largely over the status of the contested holy site of the Temple Mount or Haram… Continue reading Unrest flares in West Bank and Jerusalem

Christian schools reopen in Israel after month-long strike

The schools were closed to pressure the Israeli government to grant budgeting equality Christian schools opened in Israel on September 28 after an almost month-long strike demanding equality in budgeting. School officials and the Ministry of Education reached an agreement just before the Jewish Sukkot holiday. “We see this as a wonderful achievement as we… Continue reading Christian schools reopen in Israel after month-long strike

Church leaders lobby Israeli president over cuts to Christian schools

Cardinal Nichols and Archbishop Martin say the schools are facing ‘impossible cuts’ Europe’s Church leaders have urged the president of Israel to resolve a crisis threatening Christian schools that has kept them closed for several weeks. Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Archbishop Éamon Martin of Armagh, Ireland, said schools had been faced with “impossible… Continue reading Church leaders lobby Israeli president over cuts to Christian schools

Priest offers daily Mass at destroyed West Bank olive orchards

A separation barrier was put up in the Cremisan Valley in August Since hundreds of olive trees were uprooted to make room for a separation barrier through the Cremisan Valley, a stretch of land between the West Bank and Jerusalem, adjacent to a largely Christian village of Beit Jalla, Fr Aktham Hijazin, Annunciation Parish priest,… Continue reading Priest offers daily Mass at destroyed West Bank olive orchards

Pope Francis to Israeli president: 'the challenge is to unite'

Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to secure peace and to address the plight of Middle East Christians. Pope Francis gave the Israeli president a new bronze medal at the Sept. 3 audience. On the medal was a depiction of a rock… Continue reading Pope Francis to Israeli president: 'the challenge is to unite'