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 : “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 INTERVIEW – Middle Eastern Christians must remain in the region

Israel, June 2014 The procession on the occasion of St. Anthony of Padua. The procession goes through the streets of Jaffa in the direction of the church of St. Anthony in Jaffa – the parish for migrants.     “If we hate ISIS, then they have won” Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Franciscans in the […]

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 […]

Holy Land – To pray where Jesus once prayed

Holy Land To pray where Jesus once prayed Oliver Maksan, ACN International Adapted by Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada “Welcome to our new reception room,” Sister Agathe offers a warm greeting. The nun is the economist of the convent of the Carmelite Cloistered Sisters on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Just recently, renovations were done […]

ACN Press – Holy Land – “Islamic State in Palestine”

In Jerusalem a group called “Islamic State in Palestine” calls on Christians to leave Holy Land “We must take threats seriously” Jerusalem/Montreal, Wednesday July 8, 2015 – Following the distribution of anti-Christian leaflets in Jerusalem, Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of the Latin Patriarchate called for people to be vigilant. “In some ways we must take […]

Holy Land – “We need aid more than ever”

Oliver Maksan, AED International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin At the request of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the international Catholic pastoral charity “Aid to the Church in Need” (ACN) will give support to victims of the Gaza war. According to the Patriarchate, the most urgent tasks include emergency medical aid for war victims who […]

Press Release – Holy Land: Rage and sadness

Oliver Maksan, ACN International Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin Montreal, Friday, August 1st, 2014 – “I feel rage and sadness in equal measure when I look at the victims of the Gaza war. I’m shocked. The USA have expended so much political energy on regime change in Syria. And here in Gaza? Nothing’s happening. It’s […]

Press Release – The Nuncio in Israel explains the program for Pope Francis’ visit to the Middle East

Papal visit to the Holy Land: “Not a traditional pilgrimage” Montreal, Friday March 28, 2014  –  In view of the publication by the Vatican on Thursday of the program for the Papal visit to the Middle East, the Apostolic Nuncio in Israel and Delegate in the Palestinian territories, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, stressed in Jerusalem that […]

Holy Land – the dream of a home for Christian families

ACN has helped to fund an apartment block project for Arab Christians in Jerusalem  by Oliver Maksan, ACN International Jerusalem (ACN) –  “We have had to wait a long time, but at last a lifetime’s dream has come true.” Rami and Ramia are a young Christian married couple amd bery recently began life with their […]