Archive for the ‘Holy Land News’ Category

Synod Calls for Coexistence of Religions in Mideast

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Notes That Everyone Must Enjoy Same Rights

VATICAN CITY, MAY 27, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Religions must coexist in the Middle East, for the promotion of peace and collaboration in the common good, a Vatican group is affirming. (more…)

Despite violence, Iraqi Catholics remain faithful

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

REPRODUCED FROM CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS

Iraqi Catholics have remained faithful despite persecution, according to a Chaldean Catholic prelate. (more…)

Palestinian Statehood: What it means for Christians

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT IN THE HOLY LAND

Recent developments in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have been sluggish. Indeed, the peace process has been practically at a stalemate. Israel does not want any preconditions for negotiations with the Palestinians. The Palestinians do not want to negotiate as long as Israel continues constructing and enlarging settlements in the West Bank. (more…)

Christians beginning to flee Egypt

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

REPRODUCED FROM CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS

May 12, 2011
Fearful for their safety, some Coptic Christians have begun to flee Egypt, according to John Pontifex, spokesman for Aid to the Church in Need. (more…)

Syria’s Christians worried by uprising

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

REPRODUCED FROM CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS

In a conversation with Vatican Radio, Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean Jeanbart of Aleppo reports that the Syrian government’s brutal crackdown on political demonstrations has caused alarm for the Christian population.

Readily acknowledging the need for movement toward freedom and democracy in Syria, the Melkite prelate noted that radical Islamic leaders have been involved in the recent unrest, and innocent people have been caught up in the ensuing violence. “Everybody wants more freedom but no one want civilian war or this kind of violence,” he says.

12 Dead in Attack on Egyptian Christian Churches

Thursday, May 26th, 2011
Muslim Fanatics Urged to Reject Violence
IMBABA, Egypt, MAY 10, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Attacks on several Christian churches over the weekend in Imbaba left 12 dead and up to 200 injured. (more…)

Do not encourage Arab rebellions

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

REPRODUCED FROM CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS

Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III Laham has cautioned leaders of the Western world that they should not throw their support behind revolutionary movements in the Arab world. (more…)

Franciscans celebrate Feast of the Finding of the Cross

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT IN THE HOLY LAND

An ancient tradition coming from the writings of Rufinus of Aquileia (340/345-410) narrates the story of the finding of the relics of the Cross by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, in AD 326. (more…)

Egypt’s Copts plan massive protest march

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

REPRODUCED FROM CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS

Coptic Christians in Egypt are hoping to draw 1 million people to a demonstration on May 6, protesting attacks on San Marco cathedral in Abbasseya.

The cathedral has been the target of sit-ins and other protests by Islamic activists, who charge that the wife of a Coptic priest, who converted from Islam to Christianity, is being held against her will.

Historian counters myths about the Crusades

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

REPRODUCED FROM THE CATHOLIC WORLD NEWS

Writing for The Intercollegiate Review, Paul Crawford, a history professor at Alma College, counters four myths about the Crusades: (more…)