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“The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him” Jn 4:23
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NEWS FROM AND ABOUT THE HOLY LAND

bullet 28.2.2005: Something lovely happened in the youth house
When I was there, three girls came: two sisters and a friend. The youngest girl, 13 years old, is blind since her birth. It appeared that this girl wants to speak with many people; (CTS)

bullet 28.2.2005: HCEF Invites Western Christians to Join a Unique Pilgrimage and Ecumenical Children's Journey to Jerusalem
The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) invites you to travel with us in May 2005 on a Christian pilgrimage and fact-finding trip to see the holy sites in Jordan, Palestine, and Israel and to meet with Christian communities in the Holy Land. (Hcef)

bullet 28.2.2005: WCC central committee encourages consideration of economic measures for peace in Israel/Palestine
The World Council of Churches (WCC) central committee reminded the Council's member churches that "with investment funds, they have an opportunity to use those funds responsibly in support of peaceful solutions" to the Israel/Palestine conflict. (Hcef)

bullet 26.2.2005: Rabbi David Rosen. Religion part of the solution
"The greatest danger comes from extremists on both sides. To my great distress as a religious person, such extremist violence usually occurs under the pretext of religious duty. If we don't want religion to be part of the problem, we must make it part of the solution. During the last 4-1/2 years of violence, the territorial conflict has increasingly been presented as a religious one. Not only was the last intifada portrayed in religious terms (in the name of al-Aqsa), but propaganda has increasingly used religious terminology to delegitimize and even demonize the other." (World Peace herald)

bullet 26.2.2005: Perspective: a land in turmoil
This past January, seven students in the Jerusalem Seminar, one of Bethel College's options for interterm (Jan. 3 through 27), had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Jordan, Israel and Palestine. The three-week seminar, organized and led by professor of Bible and religion Patty Shelly, took us well outside the walls of Jerusalem -- even past the concrete walls of Israel's expanding "security fence" to Bethlehem, Ramallah and other towns and sites around Jerusalem. (The Kansan)

bullet 26.2.2005: Help protect Christian Peacemaker Teams from extremist Israeli settler violence
On 16 February 2005, a pair of Israeli settlers attacked international peace team workers from Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and the Italian-based Operation Dove (OD), breaking the jaw of one Italian and sending him to the hospital with a concussion and memory loss. (Franciscans International)

bullet 25.2.2005: More radical Christian peacemakers arrive in Israel and Palestine
More Christians working to reduce the worst effects of the Israeli occupation have arrived in Israel and Palestine. The new arrivals bring the total number of ecumenical accompaniers to 16. (Ekklesia)

bullet 24.2.2005: Jesus' resurrection brought hope back to life
Death is the end of life. Death also negates all positive values of life and human endeavors. Therefore in many cultures, death is the taboo and curse of life. The Bible tells us death is the wage of sin (Romans 6:23). (Baptist Standard)

bullet 24.2.2005: Perfect Gifts for First Communion, Confirmation, Baptisms and Easter; Olive Wood and Mother of Pearl Crafts
Perfect Gifts for First Communion, Confirmation, Baptisms and Easter; Olive Wood and Mother of Pearl Crafts Holy Land Gifts made by Christian artisans from the Bethlehem region are the ideal gift for First Communion, Confirmation, Baptism, and Easter. (Hcef)

bullet 24.2.2005: Tell both sides of Mideast conflict
Last October 2004, Kelly P. Beischel and her family generously offered to host a Palestinian Christian child in their home in Mount Healthy, Ohio."The Children's Peace Project", (Hcef)

bullet 24.2.2005: Holy See-Israel Meeting Stirs Optimism
A Recent talks held by the Holy See-Israel bilateral commission in Jerusalem have been judged positively by both sides. A meeting held last week touched on the issues of tax exemption for ecclesiastical properties and access by the Church to Israeli tribunals, reported Vatican Radio. (Zenit)

bullet 23.2.2005: What Christians in Holy Land Are Armed With
A bishop of Jerusalem says that Christians, as bearers of values such as justice, peace, dignity and human rights, can make a key contribution to solving the Mideast conflict. Christians' weapons are those of "negotiation, patience and bridge-building," said Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, in a statement to ZENIT. (Zenit)

bullet 22.2.2005: Franciscans Disavow Any Involvement with Demolition in Bethphage
In response to statements to the contrary, the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land today denied requesting or supporting the destruction of buildings next to their property in Bethphage. (CTS)

bullet 22.2.2005: After Mughar, priest suggests Christian-only towns
Less than two weeks after the violent riots between local Druse and Christians in the Galilee village of Mughar, calls have been made among the minority Christian contingent of the village to establish Christian-only settlements. (JPost)

bullet 21.2.2005: Maghar's Pogrom
Maghar is a village in the Galilee in the North of Israel. Of its 18,000 inhabitants, 58% are Druze, 19% Muslims and 23% Christians. The 70,000 Druze, who are 1.1% of Israeli society, originated in Egypt in the 11th century. (ImageCave)

bullet 21.2.2005: Pope and the world are looking at what happened in Maghar, says Nuncio
Here are the words His Excellency Mgr Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio in Israel spoke to the Christian community in Maghar (Galilee) during the celebration of a solidarity mass today (AsiaNews)

bullet 21.2.2005: Pope’s solidarity towards Christian victims of Druze violence, say Nuncio and Latin Patriarch
A mass in solidarity with the Christian residents of Maghar, a village in the Lower Galilee, took place today. Last week they were subjected to a virtual ‘pogrom’ that included assaults, beatings, fires, shootings and destruction of property by Druze gangs. (AsiaNews)

bullet 21.2.2005: Meeting of Secretaries of Formation and Studies at Seoul
The Order of Friars Minor is organizing a meeting for the International Council of Secretaries of Formation and Studies at Seoul, South Korea, from 14 to 26 February 2005. (CTS)

bullet 19.2.2005: Violence Against Christians in Mgbar: Declaration by the Heads of the Churches in the Holy Land
The heads of churches in the Holy Land met at the residence of the Greek Melkite Catholic Apostolic Administrator of Haifa on February 14.2005 and issued the following declaration: The grave and disturbing violent events that took place in the village of Mgbar shocked us and the entire Christian Community. (Hcef)

bullet 19.2.2005: Israel orders halt to policy of demolishing militant homes
Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz on Thursday ordered a halt to the army's controversial policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians who carried out anti-Israeli attacks. (AFP)

bullet 19.2.2005: Beatification Date Reported for Foucauld
John Paul II will soon beatify French explorer Charles de Foucauld, a witness of the Gospel among the Tuareg of the Sahara, reported the news agency Veritas. Bishop Joan Enric Vives of Urgell, in Spain, said today that Foucauld (1858-1916) would be canonized May 15. (Zenit)

bullet 17.2.2005: Four Druze policemen arrested for rioting in Maghar
Police arrested Wednesday four Druze policemen on suspicion of taking part in the violent rioting in the Galilee village of Maghar over the weekend. (Ha'aretz)

bullet 17.2.2005: Holy See - Israel interim meeting in Jerusalem
The permanent bilateral working commission between the Holy See and the state of Israel met yesterday for the first time since December 16. (AsiaNews)

bullet 16.2.2005: Off-duty officers probed in Maghar rioting
Police are investigating whether off-duty Druze policemen participated in the recent riots in the Galilee village of Maghar. No police officers have been arrested in connection with the incidents. (Ha'aretz)

bullet 15.2.2005: A letter from Fr. Louis Bohte (President of the Commission for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation)
Louis Bohte, a Dutch franciscan friar, who came in the Holy Land as a member of a Dutch group of civilian observers for the Dutch organisation United Civilians for Peace. Since september 2003 he is a member of the community in Bethlehem. He is setting up a youth house in a quarter near Bethlehem, called Al Doha. (CTS)

bullet 15.2.2005: Catholic leaders: Israel has abandoned our security
Police on Tuesday arrested five Druze men on suspicion of involvement in violent weekend clashes between Druze and Christians in the mixed village of Maghar in the Galilee. Leaders of the Catholic community in Israel said Monday that Israel has abandoned its responsibility for the security of members of their community. (Ha'aretz)

bullet 14.2.2005: Israeli, PA tourism ministers to meet Pope
Tourism Minister Avraham Hirschson and Palestinian Tourism Minister Mitri Abu Aita will meet with Pope John Paul II on February 25, in an attempt to promote Catholic tourism to the Holy Land, within Israel and the Palestinian Authority. (Ha'aretz)

bullet 13.2.2005: Antichristian "Pogrom" in Maghar (Galilee)?
Regional police chief Dan Ronen: "It's deplorable that a pogrom should have broken out because of rumours about pictures of naked Druze women being posted on the internet." Police deployed in strength on Saturday and said they had no evidence to support the Druze allegations of improper photographs. (News24)

bullet 12.2.2005: Calm restored in Maghar following Druze-Christian clashes
Calm was restored in the Galilee village of Maghar, following two days of violent clashes between Druze and Christian residents that resulted in seven injuries and caused many Christian families to flee the village. (Haaretz)
H.E. Mons. G. Boulos Marcuzzo, the Patriarchal Vicar for Israel, is on the place to help the strained community.

bullet 11.2.2005: Holy Land Christians: Rooted in Bonds of Peace
MORE THAN 450 participants from 15 states and five countries attended the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation’s sixth international conference, held Oct. 22 to 24 at the Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. Speakers described the terrible hardships Israel’s occupation inflicts on Christians, as well as Muslims, who live and work in the Holy Land. (Wrmea)

bullet 10.2.2005: Rice and Cardinal Sodano Discuss Religious Freedom, and Mideast U.S. Secretary of State Expresses Hopes for Pope's Speedy Recovery
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with her counterpart in the Vatican, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, and discussed the Mideast and religious freedom in the world. Rice, on a tour through Europe, expressed her hope for John Paul II's speedy recovery, when she stopped at the Vatican today. (Zenit)

bullet 10.2.2005: Churches Back Middle East Truce Hope
As Palestinian authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon today declared a truce seeking to end four years of Middle East violence, church leaders around the world affirmed the event as a signal of new hope for a just and peace. (Ekklesia )

bullet 9.2.2005: Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem issues Lenten Message 2005
“We are witnessing a renewed involvement of the international community. We thank God for this. We ask him to strengthen the leaders in their new visions” Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah says in a message for Lent. (Fides)

bullet 8.2.2005: Three Times Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Talks on Middle East Peace
Edinburgh will host three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Abuna Elias Chacour, to address the opportunities and challenges of Middle East Peace from a spiritual, educational and cultural perspective as part of Edinburgh’s Annual International Festival of Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace. (PR Scotland)

bullet 8.2.2005: Holy Land Gifts Coordinator
Non-profit charitable organization.  HCEF has established the Holy Land Gifts program with the objective of maintaining the continued presence of Christians in the Holy Land. (HCEF)

bullet 8.2.2005: Jerusalem Course for Spiritual Renewal of Priests
A course for the spiritual renewal of priests is being offered in Jerusalem. The course, entitled "'Follow me!' -- In the Footsteps of Christ in the Holy Land," is being promoted by the Vatican Congregation for Clergy and coordinated by the Rome-based Sacerdos Institute. (Zenit)

bullet 7.2.2005: Interview with the new Custos of the holy land
The Custody is a presence based in the Middle East, which we Christians call the Holy Land. It is a bridging presence, a meeting (sometimes a clash) between two cultures, those of the east and of the west. (HCEF)

bullet 7.2.2005: Christians from every denomination meet where Jesus was baptised
About 15,000 Christians from Jordan and the Holy Land came to the Jordan River to the spot where, according to tradition, Jesus was baptised. A holy mass celebrated took place there on the 5th of Feb. at 10 am by Mgr Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, with seven leaders of other Churches. (HCEF)

bullet 4.2.2005: Rt. Rev. Bishop John Bryson Chane
Most Christians in Jerusalem can no longer visit the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem. The wall now blocks the route that Jesus took on Good Friday from the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem. (Palestine Chronicle)

bullet 4.2.2005: Investiture of a Poor Clare in Jerusalem (2.2.2005)
Today, the 2nd of February, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple, the Poor Clares of Jerusalem received Marie Odile into the Novitiate.

bullet 3.2.2005: Peace, not “conflict management”, the goal for Middle East
The President's speech expresses, in effect, a renewed and strengthened commitment to help bring about peace between the two Nations in the Holy Land, ensuring that they become two free, democratic States living side by side in peace. (AsiaNews)

bullet 2.2.2005: Peace begins in the Holy Land, Russian Patriarch tells Palestinian President
The Holy Land is an “irreplaceable component” of the Middle East peace process, this according to Aleksij II, Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia who met at the Danilov monastery in Moscow Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), currently on an official visit to Russia. (AsiaNews)

bullet 1.2.2005: Racist Disengagement
Racial tension between Jews and Gentiles is often reflected in Yiddish joke. (Arutz Sheva - Israel)


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