Pope Francis’ scheduled trip to the Holy Land could be cancelled due to an Israeli foreign ministry strike, reported the online newspaper The Times of Israel on Thursday. Francis is slated to visit the Holy Land May 24 - 26. According to the Vatican the strike “could create difficulties” for the preparation of the papal trip, but for now everything remains as scheduled. Full story
Israel built twice as many settler housing units in the occupied West Bank last year than in 2012, official data has shown. The number of new construction projects in the settlements jumped to 2,534 in 2013 from 1,133 the year before – an increase of 123.7 percent. The settler population in the West Bank increased by 4.2 percent in 2013. Full story
Thirty-three leaders of Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious organizations in the United States have underlined that support from religious communities is essential to achieving a two-state peace agreement between Israel and Palestine. They made the appeal in a February 28 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. Full story
The Knesset on Monday approved a controversial law whose goal is to distinguish between Muslim and Christian Arab citizens and to heighten involvement of Christians in Israeli society. Critics say the law constitutes an attempt to “divide and conquer” the country's Arab population... Full story
The Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has said the 50th anniversary this year of Pope Paul VI’s meeting in Jerusalem with Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras is a “tremendous opportunity” to deepen Catholic-Orthodox ties. Patriarch Bartholomew also expressed his joy that he and Pope Francis will be marking the anniversary by meeting in Jerusalem at the end of May. Full story
This is an objective analysis of various case studies that could be applied to the possibility of a two-state solution, and the lessons to be learned from them. Mitchell looks at the problems that have hindered a two-state solution, and draws out what made them succeed or fail.
The History of Salvation through the sanctuaries of the Holy Land, in a narration which - starting from Mount Nebo and the role of the prophets in the Biblical events - guides us to the places of the earthly experience of Jesus and Emmaus and the life of the first Christian community. These, in brief, are the contents of the DVD Terra Sancta. Custodies of the sources of Salvation.
It took him fifteen days of walking to reach Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This was the journey undertaken by Palestinian journalist Ibrahim Husseini. A Muslim, born and raised in Jerusalem, Husseini started the walk from the city of Sahagun, in order to reach the place where, according to tradition, the apostle St. James was buried.