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Bishops of the Holy Land denounce anti-Christian intimidation

In their statement the Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land have expressed sadness and sorrow over the criminal acts, which they say go unpunished despite numerous complaints.

2019.07.24.

Pope Francis appeals for fraternity in Yemen and Syria

In his traditional Christmas day Urbi et Orbi message, the Pontiff prayed that Syrians might “find fraternity after long years of war” and that Yemen’s recent truce would bring relief to its people and children “exhausted by war and famine”.

2018.12.26.

There is only ‘us’ – revealing this truth is the work of reconciliation

Irish experience of reconciliation in focus at Swedish ecumenical conference addressed by Catholic and Church of Ireland bishops.

2018.11.16.

Palestinian church leader appeals for support for peace efforts

“Millions of tourists come to Israel to visit the holy sites without recognising that there is a living community of Christ – the Living Stones. It is so important that you visit us" - Canon Hatem Shehadeh.

2018.05.30.

Pope prays for Peace on Easter Sunday

We Christians believe and know that Christ’s resurrection is the true hope of the world, the hope that does not disappoint.

2018.04.02.

Volunteers wanted for three months of peace duty in Holy Land

Twenty ecumenical accompaniers from Britain and Ireland are currently being recruited to serve in Palestine and Israel next year.

2018.03.19.

British Archbishops call on Israeli Government to protect holy sites in Jerusalem

Archbishops of Canterbury and Westminster express deep concern at what they call “unprecedented, punitive and discriminatory” taxation of Christian Institutions.

2018.03.08.

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.

Bishops call for Justice and Reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis

A century ago the British government declared it would facilitiate the creation of a national home for the Jewish people, but that 'nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine'.

2017.11.04.

Scripture Union launches NUA Films as a new way to explore your faith

This series will equip young people throughout Ireland – and beyond – to take an honest look at the questions they have about Jesus, the Bible, and what it means to be a Christian in the world today.

2017.03.13.

Honour St Patrick by welcoming migrants and feeding the hungry, says bishops’ message

The plight of Patrick, himself a migrant, has been faced by many Irish people who have struggled to live and integrate into new cultures.

2017.03.10.

Remember Palestine: pray for her people and support them

“It is our faith in God that gives us hope. It is the witness of Christians in the Holy Land and especially the young people we met that inspires us.”

2017.01.23.

Many Christians in Middle East “feel abandoned” Archbishop of Jerusalem warns

Representatives of the three Abrahamic Faiths in Ireland sign Joint Declaration on Holy Land and present it to Archbishop Suheil Dawani in Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation.

2016.12.13.

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 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.

Limerick bishop hits out at thieves over church thefts

Almost €1,000 stolen in two robberies including money donated to support church activities in the Holy Land.

2016.04.01.

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.

New centre aims to support beleaguered Christians

"The Christians are suffering. They are being hounded out of the Middle East." The Saxum project is one project that people can help them according to Opus Dei.

2015.04.11.

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.

Bishops express solidarity with suffering Syrians

Since 15 March 2011, 210,000 people have been killed in the war in Syria, one million injured, and more than 4 million people have fled the country.

2015.03.15.

New Sister professed for Dominicans in Cabra

"Our freedom is not license but has within it the demands and choice of personal and communal responsibility.”

2015.02.22.

Gaza conditions are “an assault on human dignity”

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly and Bishop Ray Browne appeal to Irish people to hear and respond to the cries of the people of Gaza.

2015.01.22.

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.

Bishop Nulty recalls visit to Holy Family parish in Gaza

Pope Francis' silent prayer at the concrete barrier Israel is building around the West Bank recalled by Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin.

2014.12.29.

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.

Kildare & Leighlin sow seeds this Christmas

Parishioners invited to take a packet of chamomile seeds for their home and one for someone they would like to reach out to.

2014.12.01.

Priest and 20 parishioners abducted in Syria

Rebels linked to Jabhat Al-Nusra blamed for kidnappings close to Turkish border.

2014.10.09.

‘We Need Aid More Than Ever’: Gaza Bishop

Bishop Shomali makes urgent appeal for medical treatments and fuel for generators that supply hospitals.

2014.08.08.

Irish Church urged to pray for peace in Holy Land

Pope hosts “unprecedented prayer initiative” for two Middle Eastern leaders and Patriarch.

2014.06.08.
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