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

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

European bishops visit Holy Land to show solidarity and seek hope

European bishops are gathering in the Holy Land Sept. 11-16 to show closeness to Christians in the Middle East and to trace a path of hope for them, in an unprecented assembly. “We are here to rediscover the source of our identity as people of God and of our mission as successors of the Apostles,”… Continue reading European bishops visit Holy Land to show solidarity and seek hope

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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'