Posts Tagged ‘Israel-Palestine conflict’

Respect Judaism, condemn Israeli policies

Thursday, March 14th, 2024

Every Christian should have a deep respect for Judaism. When we consider that our Lord Jesus, our Blessed Mother Mary, St. Joseph, the twelve apostles, and the very first disciples were practicing religious Jews. We also need to consider that the Christian New Testament is firmly rooted in the Jewish Scriptures of the Old Testament. Read more

Pope Francis, recovering from bronchitis, calls for end of Gaza conflict

Thursday, March 7th, 2024

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for an end to the conflict in Gaza, as he showed signs of recovery after suffering from bronchitis. On Saturday, the 87-year-old pope delegated the reading of a speech at a ceremony to an aide, and on Wednesday, he made a brief trip to a Rome hospital after he missed Read more

Israel-Palestine tragedy has simple solution

Thursday, November 23rd, 2023

Nothing will ever be the same in the Holy Land after the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel – and after Israel’s apocalyptic response. So said Francesca Albanese to a Catholic audience in Wellington recently. Albanese is the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories. But the Israel-Palestine issue has a simple solution, she Read more

Siding with peace in the Middle East

Thursday, November 2nd, 2023

Pope Francis said it well: “War does not solve any problem, it only sows death and destruction, increases hatred, multiplies revenge. War erases the future.” The future for Palestinians and Israelis is being erased each passing day. Before it is too late, the United States and Congress should side with peace, not more war, in Read more

Mass graves, unclaimed bodies and overcrowded cemeteries in Gaza

Monday, October 30th, 2023

It was neither the place nor the time for a proper goodbye, said Omar Dirawi. Not here, in this dusty field strewn with dead people wrapped in blankets and zipped up in body bags. And not now, as Israeli airstrikes crashed around him for the third week, erasing more of his neighbourhood and sundering hundreds Read more

Anglican hospital hit in Gaza, Archbishop of Canterbury mourns ‘appalling’ loss

Thursday, October 19th, 2023
Anglican hospital

A devastating attack on the al-Ahli Anglican Hospital in Gaza resulting in the loss of hundreds of innocent lives has shocked the world. Tuesday’s rocket strike left as many as 500 people dead and a great many others injured. The hospital was a place of refuge for Palestinians following evacuation orders from Israel. The Archbishop Read more

Caritas Australia launches Gaza Appeal to support displaced families

Thursday, October 19th, 2023

Following a series of surprise attacks against Israel by Hamas on Oct 7, hundreds of military air strikes have been launched across the Gaza Strip as a form of retaliation by the Israeli government. The UN reports that Gaza’s entire population is being deprived of electricity, water, fuel supplies, food, and medicine. Ongoing bombardments and Read more

Vatican official condemns Hamas attack, offers to mediate

Monday, October 16th, 2023
Hamas attack

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, strongly denounced the recent Hamas attack on Israel, labelling it as “inhuman”. “The release of Israeli hostages and the protection of innocent lives in Gaza are at the heart of the problem created by Hamas’ attack and the response of the Israeli army,” said Parolin. “They are Read more

Gaza conflict casts shadow over Vatican Holocaust conference

Thursday, October 12th, 2023

The conflict in Gaza cast a shadow on Monday over a major conference on the Vatican and the Holocaust, with one participant calling the carnage the worst slaughter of civilian Jews in one day since then. The conference was organised after the opening in 2020 of Vatican archives of the pontificate of Pius XII, which Read more

Hamas attack on Israel watershed moment says Kiwi

Monday, October 9th, 2023
Hamas attack

The Hamas attack on Israel over the weekend was not a surprise, says a Taranaki-raised New Zealander working in the Holy Land. Br Peter Bray FSC, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, says the Hamas attack is a “watershed moment that could have a long-term impact on life here in the Holy Land”. While he disapproves Read more