Category Archives: Holy Land

In week of wonders, Melkite wedding was one of the best

By Mark Pattison ADER, Jordan — Melkite Catholic Father Boulos Paul, we were told, was too busy to accommodate an audience of about a dozen writers and bloggers on religion. He is, after all, the pastor of two parishes, one … Continue reading

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Meeting with Holocaust survivors — in living rooms

By Mary Knight TEL AVIV — A variation on the serious theme of Holocaust testimony has brought survivors and young Israeli students together in living rooms to celebrate life while remembering atrocities. Coordinated by Zikaronbasalon, Memories at Home, hundreds of … Continue reading

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Petra: Of ancient history and context

By Mark Pattison PETRA, Jordan –- Imagine going to your parish’s mission to hear a guest preacher speak, but your parish is in the Holy Land. That’s what it’s like when you tour an archaeological find like Petra – which … Continue reading

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In midst of refugee hardship, there is kindness and laughter

Editor’s Note: The author is international editor at Catholic News Service and is on a reporting trip to the Middle East sponsored by Catholic Relief Services. AMMAN, Jordan – The stories sound so much alike one might think they were … Continue reading

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From Gaza, pain and weariness in the voice of a pastor

By Judith Sudilovsky JERUSALEM — I have not been able to reach Father Jorge Hernandez, the Argentine priest of Gaza’s Holy Family Parish, for some days now. In the morning yesterday I spoke with one of the Sisters of Mercy … Continue reading

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The more personal side of a patriarch

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, considered first among equals of all Orthodox patriarchs, arrived in the Holy Land May 23. As he was waiting for his historic visit with Pope Francis, the patriarch visited Bethlehem, West Bank, and led a … Continue reading

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Heads up: Don’t read this blog if you’re hungry

By Judith Sudilovsky BETHLEHEM, West Bank — When Casa Nova head Chef Elias Akroush, 33, learned that Pope Francis would be lunching with five Palestinian families at the pilgrim guesthouse where he directs the kitchen, he knew he would turn … Continue reading

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Survey: Christians would leave Holy Land’s cities

By Judith Sudilovsky BEIT JALLA, West Bank — Nearly two-thirds of Christians in Jerusalem and the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Bethlehem said in a survey that they would emigrate if given a chance, Bethlehem University sociologist Bernard Sabella found. Sabella, a member … Continue reading

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Tight security, traffic jams concern Israelis, Palestinians

By Judith Sudilovsky BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Pope Francis’ Mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem will be the only opportunity for local faithful to participate in the papal visit. While there is room for about 9,000 people in the square, locals … Continue reading

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In their words: Hopes for Pope Francis’ Holy Land visit

By Judith Sudilovsky JERUSALEM — Pope Francis has emphasized that the main purpose of his May 24-26 visit to the Holy Land is ecumenical, but many in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories are hoping he will use his diplomatic … Continue reading

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