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A number of the left wing political parties are expected to demonstrate at Saint Peter’s square in Rome against the visit of the Austrian extremist rightist leader Jorg Heider, who is accused by the leftists of being anti-Semitic. The Jewish community in Italy considers the meeting between the Pope...
Bishop Yohanna Qolta, the Deputy Patriarch of the Catholic church, believes that the month of Ramadan is a chance for social solidarity. The priest of the Hanging Church, described Mawa’id Al-Rahman as the Mawa’id of the national unity and love. Reverend Manees Abdel Nour said that Ramadan reminds...
Dr. Yohanna Qolta, the Deputy Patriarch of the Catholic Copts, spoke about his memories about the month of Ramadan and about the impact of Islam on his writings. He pointed out the reasons behind the appearance of the term "emigrant Copts" and the attitude of his church towards them. He also spoke...
The Greek, Syrian and Latin Catholic churches witnessed three important nominations. The Latin Catholic Church in Egypt is still waiting for a successor of Archbishop Egidio Sampieri who died three months ago.
Archbishop Loutfi Laham has been elected by the Melkite synod as the new Patriarch of the Melkite Catholic Church. His recognition by Pope John Paul II is expected soon.
Loutfi Laham, the Archbishop of the Roman Catholics was elected to succeed Patriarch Maximous V, who resigned for health reasons. In his first statement, Patriarch Laham praised the pioneer role of Egypt throughout the history.
The Catholic Patriarch may resign because of his old age. In that case, one of his assistant bishops, most likely Bishop Yohanna Qolta, may be appointed in his place.
This is the text of a lecture delivered in London by the general administrator of the Latin Catholic Church in Jerusalem, Father William Shomali, representing Latin Catholic Patriarch Michel Sabah of Jerusalem, during the investiture of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher of England and...
The Maronite Patriarch and Cardinal declared that the existence of Christians in the East, at the beginning of the third millennium, is a matter of life or death for them. Lebanon is an example. The majority of the Lebanese who emigrated in the last ten years are Christians. This also applies to...
A group of between 45 and 50 Israeli settlers attacked Father Ibrahim Hijazine, a Catholic priest from Ramallah after he had preached in Nablus. On his way back to Ramallah they forced him to go back saying that he can’t use this road because it is for Israelis only. When Father Ibrahim told them...
The churches of the world, according to the author, have a positive attitude towards the Palestinian issue. Pope John Paul II signed an agreement with the Palestinian president which authorizes the Palestinian Authority to supervise all the institutions of the Vatican in Palestine. The General...
The U.S. Catholic Conference expressed its deep disturbance with the efforts of extremists, in the Middle East and abroad, who incite and intensify religious conflict through inflammatory rhetoric, and anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim and anti-Christian acts. It declared that the Holy Land must be a...
Pope John Paul II encourages the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land and the leaders of the Christian communities, to renew their efforts to ensure that relationships between all are inspired by mutual respect, in humility and trust. He also appeals to Jewish and...
Father Raed Abusahlieh, Chancellor of the Latin Patriarch, instituted a personal information service per e-mail. He selected with Harry Hagopian the title for this advocacy and interpretation service. Their choice fell on the olive tree, associated with Jesus’ Passion as much as being a universal...
The Catholic Patriarchs of the Middle East held their tenth conference in Lebanon. The Palestinian issue and the continuation of the Intifada and means of supporting it were the main topic. The article also mentions the inter-religious dialogue committee of the Azhar which stated the Jews have no...
Since the outbreak of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, hundreds of Christian Arabs have left their homes with the help of foreign embassies. Foreign embassies will not say how many Christian Arabs they have aided. An Israeli Foreign Ministry official said that about two-thirds of the dual...
[Olive Branch is an e-publication of Father Raed Abusahlia, Latin Patriarchate Jerusalem]. Van Teeffelen does not find it a surprise that families leave. The Latin Catholic Bishop Sabbah, who last week visited Christian and Moslem sites that were bombed, told the local Palestinian TV about the...
The annual feast of the Holy Virgin in Deir Rafat in the Palestinian territories usually draws 3000 to 4000 pilgrims. However, this year the number was not more than 300-400 people only, due to the actual situation, especially because all the Christian Palestinians from the Palestinian territories...
Father Abusahlia criticized the Jerusalem Post for its article about "Pat Boone coming on Christian solidarity visit" (JP 27 October 2000). This article was meant to depict the solidarity of millions and millions of Christians world-wide toward Israel. Abusahlia writes there are "scores of letters...
Pax Christi, the international Catholic peace movement, has been monitoring closely the developments in the Middle East. This year, the Arab Education Institute in Bethlehem became an Affiliated Organization with the movement. Pax Christi has been organizing several fact finding missions and...

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