Posts Tagged ‘Holy Land’

Pope invites Holy Land leaders to Vatican to pray for peace Comments 0

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

During his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to join him at the Vatican and together pray for peace. Speaking in Bethlehem, the Pope offered President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas “my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer”. “Building peace is difficult, Read more

Pilgrimage to a land of arguments Comments 0

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Israel is where you can encounter the physical reality of religion. In one short trip, I prayed at the spot where Jesus was born, stood at the foot of the mountain where he fed the 5,000 and touched the rock into which his cross was planted. To all those atheists who say “Jesus wasn’t even Read more

Pope Francis shuns bullet-proof vehicles for Holy Land visit Comments 0

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Pope Francis doesn’t want to use bullet-proof vehicles during his upcoming visit to the Holy Land. Rather, the Pope wants to travel by an ordinary car during his visit from May 24-26. Most heads of state use bullet-proof transport in the Middle East. Fears about security for the pontiff have been rising in Israel amid Read more

Politics and Christians in the Holy Land Comments 1

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Given that the Vatican “gay lobby” story was back in the air this week, it may be hard for some to fathom that anything else is cooking on the church beat. Yet there is real news out there, including this: A new threat has emerged to the Christian community in the Gaza Strip, estimated at just 3,000 Read more

Christians in Holy Land down by half in 13 years Comments 0

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

The number of Christians in the Palestinian Territories where Christ was born has halved since 2000, dropping from 2 per cent of the population to 1 per cent — a “social disaster” in the opinion of a researcher. And in Jerusalem there were 27,000 Christians in 1948, but today there are only 5000, according to Read more

Orthodox patriarch invites Pope to Holy Land next year Comments 0

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, the leader of the Eastern Orthodox Communion, has invited Pope Francis to travel with him to the Holy Land next year to mark the 50th anniversary of the historic embrace between Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI in 1964. The meeting of Athenagoras and Paul VI in Jerusalem led to Read more

Israeli wall will affect Salesian school and winery Comments 0

Friday, February 15th, 2013

The United States Catholic bishops have joined the bishops of the Holy Land in condemning the Israeli government’s plans to re-route its separation wall through the Cremisan Valley, near Bethlehem, in a way that will cut 58 Christian families off from their agricultural and recreational lands. The proposed route of the Israeli wall will also Read more

Easter will come late in the Holy Land Comments 2

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Easter will be five weeks late for Catholics in the Holy Land. Easter Sunday will be on May 5 because the Catholic Church will celebrate Easter according to the Orthodox calendar. For pastoral and ecumenical reasons, the Latin Patriarchate of the Holy Land has decided from this year onwards to follow the Orthodox liturgical schedule. Read more

Church welcomes UN vote for state of Palestine Comments 0

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The Catholic Church in the Vatican and in the Holy Land welcomed a United Nations vote on November 29 to accept Palestine as a non-member observer state. But the Vatican called for the further steps of a sovereign independent homeland for the Palestinian people and an internationally guaranteed special statute for the city of Jerusalem. Read more

Roman Catholic officials in Israel appeal against violence Comments 1

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Roman Catholic officials in Israel appealed to authorities this week to take a stronger stand against violence aimed at Catholic churches. An Associated Press report quoted Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa expressing worry over relations between Jews and Christians in the Holy Land. “I think the main atmosphere is ignorance,” Pizzaballa said in an interview with the Read more