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As drought becomes more common, Pope says access to water is a human right

"The aridity of the planet is extending to new regions, and more and more are suffering as a result of the lack of water."

2019.03.23.

Difficult issues to work through in Israel, says Irish bishop

Israeli Christians have it particularly tough and are “systematically marginalised".

2019.01.20.

Two Irish bishops join Holy Land delegation to support local Christians

“It is our duty and a privilege to stand in solidarity with Christians in Palestine and Israel as we seek to understand the pressures that force that decline in population.” 

2019.01.11.

Resolve to make the world a fitter place in 2019, says Trócaire

“In 2019, we are building a movement of people who want to help tackle human rights abuse around the world.”

2019.01.05.

Frances Black on tour to win backing for Israeli settlement trade ban

“We see this as a human rights issue. Trócaire have been calling for a ban on Irish trade in Israeli settlement goods since 2012 and we are delighted that Senator Black has put forward this bill.”

2018.11.03.

Grim picture of life in Gaza given by Trócaire prize winner

“This is life in Gaza. No food. No money. No health care. Living in fear. The situation is reaching crisis level and is close to becoming unliveable.” – Sr Bridget Tighe

2018.09.29.

US cut to Palestinian humanitarian support is “reckless” says Trócaire’s CEO

"This latest move is further evidence of the disregard the US administration has for the lives of vulnerable people." – Éamonn Meehan

2018.09.02.

Missionary sister wins Trócaire’s inaugural Romero International Award

Sr Bridget Tighe offers care and support to Palestinian communities in Jordan, Gaza and Jerusalem.

2018.08.20.

Christian presence in Middle East under threat, says Pope

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

2018.07.08.

Trócaire’s human rights garden scoops Gold at Bloom2018

Garden sought to “shine a light" on people being evicted from lands in Central America, extractive industries polluting natural resources like water in Zimbabwe, and the work of human rights defenders in Israel/Palestine.”

2018.06.06.

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.

Trócaire lobbies for Israeli settlements trade ban

The Geneva Convention prohibits states from moving population into areas occupied as a result of war, but since 1967, Israel has transferred over 600,000 of its citizens onto Palestinian land.

2018.01.29.

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.

Pope prays for Jerusalem and still hopes for a just solution

Only a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians can lead to a stable and lasting peace and guarantee the peaceful coexistence of two states within internationally recognised borders

2017.12.11.

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.

Trócaire delivers a few home truths about Israel’s treatment of Palestine

Since June 1967, the Israeli military has demolished more than 48,000 Palestinian homes and other structures such as schools, water purification facilities and electricity infrastructure. At the same time, Israel continues to allow illegal settlement construction on land on which Palestinians are forbidden from building.

2017.06.16.

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.

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 bishop critical of Israeli land grab in West Bank

Bishop John McAreavey compares land grab to 16th century Irish plantations and calls for recognition of the state of Palestine by Ireland.

2016.01.16.

CofI delegation forge links with Jerusalem diocese

One of the aims of the visit is to learn more about the impact of the Syrian crisis throughout the region and to discuss how schools and churches can link up.

2016.01.11.

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.

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.

Bishop calls for prayers for Middle East

Bishop McAreavey appeals on behalf of persecuted and endangered Christian communities and calls for an end to the conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Israel.

2014.07.23.

Pax Christi decries renewed violence in Gaza

UN Security Council urged to immediately take all necessary measures to end new cycle of violence in Israel and Palestine.

2014.07.16.

British bishops call for peace in Gaza

Concern over attacks by Israeli military on Gaza's civilian population and firing of rockets by militants from Gaza on Israeli civilians.

2014.07.14.
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