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Christian presence in Middle East under threat, says Pope

"A Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East."

2018.07.08.

Irish bishop on international delegation to Holy Land

“Our first purpose is to give support and encouragement to the increasingly small Catholic community in the Holy Land,” says Bishop Donal McKeown.

2018.01.13.

Palestinian President’s Christmas message

We call upon world Christians to listen to the true voices of the indigenous Christians from the Holy Land. The same voices that strongly rejected the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital through their Heads of Churches. - President Abbas

2017.12.24.

Battered but unbroken – movie tells story of modern Bethlehem

The birthplace of Jesus is a city in crisis, mainly because of severe restrictions imposed by the Israeli government.

2016.12.25.

Irish nun among Gazan Catholics greeted by Cardinal Nichols

President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales praises “witness and strength” of small Catholic community of 170 people out of a total population of 1.8 million.

2016.11.09.

Primate cites NI peace process as an example of hope in Bethlehem

"We intensify our plea for mutual understanding and a just and lasting peace for this land which has known too much conflict, too much pain and division," Archbishop Eamon Martin tells Bethlehem's mayor.

2016.09.14.

Primate leads solidarity pilgrimage with Holy Land’s Christians

“Many of the Christians in the Holy Land feel isolated, alone and discouraged. They are fearful of being neglected or even forgotten."

2016.09.10.

Bishops to visit vulnerable Middle East Christians

Holy Land Coordination group will celebrate Mass in Bethlehem and visit the Christian community of Beit Jala which has suffered the loss of land and livelihood.

2016.01.05.

Holy Family were refugees Cork bishops highlight

As the country prepares to welcome refugees, we are "challenged to engage with the poverty, homelessness sub-standard accommodation that many are living in".

2015.12.21.

Irish scouts share peace light from Bethlehem

Light which originated in the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem is being brought to homes, churches, nursing homes and hospitals as sign of peace and unity.

2015.12.19.

Wish others a ‘hope-filled’ Christmas and New Year

Church leaders issue messages for Christmas 2015 and urge people to become envoys of hope in the name of Christ, who was born in a stable in Bethlehem.

2015.12.16.

Nativity story features on Christmas stamps

An Post and Royal Mail feature scenes from the biblical story depicted by a contemporary artist and an Old Master.

2015.11.12.

Martin & Nichols lend support to Holy Land Christians

Widespread dismay at continuing construction of Cremisan Valley wall which will separate 58 Christian families from their lands and livelihood.

2015.09.17.

Primate among bishops in Holy Land solidarity visit

Presidents of Bishops' Conferences of Europe visit Holy Land to “express solidarity” with Christians and others suffering there.

2015.09.14.

Israeli court halts wall from dividing monastery

Court overruled plan that would have divided the Cremisan monastery, near Bethlehem, stating that it “violated the rights” of the people of Beit Jala.

2015.04.08.

Bishop appeals on behalf of Middle East Christians

Good Friday collection supports the Holy Land shrines connected with the life of Jesus as well as for providing pastoral care to the region's Catholics.

2015.04.03.

Irish bishops to visit Christian communities in Gaza

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly of Cashel & Emly and Bishop Raymond Browne of Kerry will join the bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination in solidarity visit.

2015.01.06.

Primate heartened by news from Stormont

"It is good to see ‘Heads of Agreement’ rather than ‘Headlines of Disagreement’ emerging from the talks."

2014.12.26.

Many children haven’t even a cave like Jesus’ to live in

Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, appeals on behalf of the people of Gaza.

2014.12.23.

Irish church leaders pray for Christians in Middle East

In their Christmas messages, Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops express concern for those living in the "grip of fear".

2014.12.19.

Friends of Bethlehem University appeal for support

The only Catholic university in the Holy Land is "somewhere Muslims feel comfortable to come to".

2014.12.15.

Pope Francis begins Middle East visit

Pontiff calls for "urgent" solution to Syrian conflict.

2014.05.25.

Delegation of bishops describe Gaza as “a shocking scandal”

"We pray that the visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land will reinforce hope in the region."

2014.01.17.

Bishop Crean hits out at Troika’s unjust austerity

Recovery of economic sovereignty may appease markets but austerity has been "most unjust".

2013.12.24.

Pope Francis to visit Israel next May

Papal trip will include Mass in Bethlehem.

2013.12.23.

Pope highlights symbolism of Christmas tree lights

Twenty-five metre Christmas tree gifted by Bavarian town to Vatican City.

2013.12.15.
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