"Fear, Terror and Destruction Wherever You Looked," an Account From Aleppo

Father Ibrahim Sabbagh, parish priest at Aleppo.

“It was a massacre, a catastrophe, an act of murder: bombing buildings where there were children, families, people who were sleeping, with such powerful missiles!» Father Ibrahim Sabbagh, the Latin parish priest in Aleppo, describes the bombing of the night between last Friday and Saturday, as something unheard of. Full story

Cremisan, a Victory of Law and Prayer

On the morning of 2nd April, the Israeli High Court of Justice pronounced the long-awaited decision on the case of the Cremisan Valley, very near Bethlehem. The Palestinian inhabitants of the area had appealed to the Israeli courts to ask for  the route of the wall of separation, to be built by the army, to be changed in order to protect their agricultural land and the landscape. Full story

When will the next Palestinian elections be?

Whilst Israelis have just voted,  it has been ten years since their Palestinian neighbours voted in their political and presidential elections. The cause lies in the discord between the antagonist movements of Fatah and Hamas. The “reconciliation” of April 2014 between the two parties has not changed the facts on the terrain. Full story

An embrace for the Jews of Europe

The recent anti-Semitic attacks in various European cities have fuelled the climate of concern in the European communities of the Old Continent. It is therefore not surprising that the number of those who decide to emigrate to Israel, is growing. However, it is not an exodus of great proportions, because most choose to stay in the land where they were born. Full story

Patriarch Twal's Joy For the Two New Palestinian Saints

“The Palestinian Catholic Community is absolutely ecstatic that these two women of God are being canonized.” Despite the difficulties facing Middle East Christians, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, offered this joyful news regarding the canonization of Mother Marie Alphonsine Ghattas and Blessed Mariam Baouardy this May 17th. Full story

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Books & Websites

A Tribute to Father Michele Piccirillo

To mark the fourth anniversary of his death, 37 respected scholars have contributed to this book in honor of Father Michele Piccirillo, the Franciscan friar of the Custody and world-renowned archaeologist. "Christ is Here!" supplies a thorough and highly impressive bibliography containing Father Piccirillo’s archaeological discoveries and achievements.

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Cinema, Art etc.

Video - Noa, Music for Peace

A unique and enchanting voice. A double bass, drums and a guitar. This is the simplest way to create music according to Noa, who was born into a family of Yemenite Jews who emigrated to the US, and who has decided to use her own talent to communicate peace and coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.

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The Cave of the Seven Sleepers

Just a little way south-east of Amman, in Jordan, we are at Al Raqim. On the side of a low hill, an ancient Byzantine burial place was dug out, which then became a Muslim shrine. The place celebrates the incorruptible faith in one God and is based on an ancient Christian narrative, which was then also picked up by the Koran. It is the story of the seven sleepers. Let us tell you this story.

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