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Holy Land — A Call to Prayer

Catholic charity ACN International responds to the Pope’s prayer appeal for peace and justice in the Holy Land. Statement by Thomas Heine-Geldern, Executive President of ACN International: “We are shocked by the news from the Holy Land. Once again, in this so holy place, hatred and darkness have erupted. Jerusalem, a city that is sacred […]

ACN News — COVID19 Coronavirus: An unprecedented Easter in the Holy Land (2)

ACN News – COVID-19 Coronavirus: An unprecedented Easter in the Holy Land by Christophe Lafontaine, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Published on the web April 7, 2020   Because of the COVID-19 epidemic and confinement measures, pilgrims are staying away from the Holy Land  which will undoubtedly leave the streets of […]

ACN News — COVID19 Coronavirus: Christians in the Holy Land paying a heavy price(1)

ACN News — COVID-19 Christians in the Holy Land paying a heavy price (1) by Christophe Lafontaine, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin, ACN Canada Published on the web April 6, 2020   Because of the COVID-19 epidemic and confinement measures, pilgrims are staying away from the Holy Land  which will undoubtedly leave the streets of […]

ACN Interview – Archbishop reports on the current situation in the Holy Land

ACN Iview – Holy Land “Religious fundamentalism places Christians on the fringes of society” by Daniele Piccini & Tobias Lehner, ACN International Pierbattista Pizzaballa has already spent more than three decades of his life in the Holy Land. In 2016, the Franciscan was made Archbishop and Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In an […]

Feature Story – Christians of Israel targeted by Jewish extremists

Photo Credit: Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Fire and graffiti devastated part of the Church of Loaves and Fishes in Tabgha, Galilee, in northern Israel on June 18th, 2015 Holy Land “A toxic mix ” Many Christians in Israel are scared. They feel threatened by Jewish extremism. The arson attack carried out by Jewish extremists in […]

Feature story : “We identify more with Good Friday than with Easter”

Jerusalem, the Holy Land “We identify more with Good Friday than with Easter” Holy Week has begun in Jerusalem with the big Palm Sunday procession – but the political situation has left its mark      Jerusalem belongs to the Christians on Palm Sunday. Bearing palm fronds and olive branches, thousands of locals and visitors from […]

ACN Feature – The Wall separating Israel and Palestine

(Crédit: Marcin Mazur) The Holy Land “Where can we go? After all, this is our home” Israel’s wall in the Cremisan Valley: The hopes of  Beit Jala Christians are again diminished   The hopes of Beit Jala Christians , a town  neighbouring Bethlehem, have again diminished. Israel’s supreme court has now dismissed their lawyers’ most recent petitions. […]

ACN Press – Abbey targeted by extremists in Jerusalem

Jerusalem “Praying for those who hate us” The Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem has been targeted by vandals again. Last Saturday night, unknown persons defaced the walls and doors of the German-speaking Benedictine monastery on the outer edges of the Old City of Jerusalem. Also targeted were nearby establishments of the Greek Orthodox and […]

A difficult Christmas in the birthplace of Jesus

Holy Land Bethlehem celebrates Christmas under difficult circumstances  Joseph and Mary quietly rocked the child. Shepherds gathered around them. Children in costumes were enacting the Nativity of Jesus deep in the subterranean chapels tucked away into nooks and crannies under the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The actual Nativity took place close by over 2,000 […]

ACN Feature – The Holy Land

  Holy Land “Exercising mercy and demanding justice belong together” The Holy Doors in Bethlehem and Nazareth will soon be opened – Auxiliary Bishop Marcuzzo from Nazareth emphasizes the role forgiveness in the Holy Land as also having political dimensions “The Holy Year of Mercy is very important for the Holy Land. It has spiritual, […]