When will the next Palestinian elections be?

Mahmoud Abbas, aged 80, has been the Palestinian President since January 2005. (photo Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

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

The Coptic Church Considers the 21 Men Killed in Libya Martyrs

The Coptic and the Egyptian people are shocked by the massacre – by the Islamic State – of 21 Christian migrant workers in Libya. The reactions are multiple: from those of the President of the Republic to those of ordinary citizens on the Internet. The Coptic Church has decided to include these new victims in the list of its martyrs. We also want to remember them by their names. Full story

Ecumenical Prayer in Jerusalem: "More United in Persecution"

In the face of the advance of Islamic fundamentalism, persecution and suffering, the Christians of the Holy Land have to offer two signs: reciprocal love and prayer. This was the heart of the sermon pronounced on 28th January by the Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, on the occasion of the Solemn Prayer for Christian Unity celebrated in the Basilica of the Agony in Gethsemane. 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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