Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Pope Francis his people are ‘very grateful’ for the Church’s efforts to assist peace in the Holy Land.
Recent moves by the Israeli government to build thousands of homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem have sparked renewed criticism from Church officials.
They believe the Obama administration neglected their interests, but most lack optimism that the president-elect will do any better.
The Edicule is finally being repaired, thanks to donations, experts and cooperation between the Latin and Orthodox Churches.
Church leaders express concern that Israel’s recent arrest of two Palestinian officials, on charges of diverting funds to the military wing of Hamas, might unfairly tarnish uninvolved Christian agencies.
Pilgrims who visit next Easter will be able to see the extraordinary work that has been done to the roof, walls and 900-year-old mosaics.
‘So far, we haven’t cut any educational programs, but it is just a matter of time,’ said Father Abdel Masih Fahim, head of the Office of Christian Schools in Israel.
Israeli police investigate latest spate of vandalism at the Dormition Abbey, believed to be perpetrated by Jewish ultra-nationalists.
Since Palestinian violence has escalated in Jerusalem, Israel has deployed thousands of police to patrol the city, especially the Old City
Demonstrators outside the office of the prime minister called on the government to provide the 47 Christian schools in Israel, all but seven of them Catholic, with the same funding most Muslim and Jewish schools receive.
Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali told the Register that today’s announcement is ‘exciting,’ and he hopes it will help improve the situation of Palestinians in the Holy Land.
President Reuven Rivlin’s April 14 meeting there with Christian leaders, including Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, marked the first time in more than 30 years that an Israeli president has visited the patriarchate.
In five years, 40 Christian and Muslim holy sites in the Holy Land have been damaged by extremists, reports an Israeli anti-hate coalition.
Jewish and Christian voices in the Middle East denounced the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Copts.
Christians in the Holy Land say it is sometimes difficult to feel the joy of Christmas, but it is easier to relate to the challenges faced by the Holy Family.
Holy Land Christians hope that recent violence in the region doesn’t discourage much-needed tourism.