The Latin Patriarchate, the Catholic Church’s on-the-ground presence in the Holy Land, is waiting to see whether the new Israeli government headed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will address matters that went unresolved during the 12-year term of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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Pope Francis appealed for calm in the region, urging local leaders and the international community to help secure peace.
Jesuit’s Holy Land Superior on Latest Violence in Israel: ‘The Core of the Conflict Is Not Being Dealt With’
An interview with Father David Neuhaus
Bishop Malloy on Thursday called on all parties in the conflict to stop the violence.
The United States moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem in 2017.
The law codifies that Israel is the national state and homeland of the Jewish people and that only Jewish Israelis have a right to self-determination in the country.
Catholics and evangelicals hold different political and theological views about Israel.
Deadly protests along the Israel and Gaza border escalated Monday, after Israeli troops opened fire on protesting Palestinians, resulting in 58 dead and another 2,700 injured.
The Israeli government is seeking to force the 38,000 African asylum-seekers, who are almost all Christians, out of the country.
‘I hope that his memory and many years of service will inspire us all to work with ever greater urgency for peace and reconciliation between peoples,’ the Holy Father wrote in a Sept. 28 telegram of condolence to Israel.