Jerusalem: Church leaders voice concern at mounting tension around Temple Mount

The Heads of Churches in Jerusalem have issued the following statement regarding the mounting tensions around al-Haram ash-Sharif.

We, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, express our serious concern regarding recent escalation in violent developments around Haram ash-Sharif and our grief for the loss of human life, and strongly condemn any act of violence.

We are worried ab...

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US Churches appeal for end to violence in Jerusalem and West Bank

The US-based Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) has appealed for the treservation of the status quo and de-escalation of violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

In a statement tosay, CMEP says: 'At least three Palestinians have been killed and more than 300 injured in violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Three Israelis were s...

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WCC urges continued access to worship at Jerusalem’s Holy Sites

For the sake of peace, church leaders in Jerusalem are calling for maintainance of the historical status quo on the historical designation allowing public access to the al-Aqsa Mosque and its courtyard, as well as other Holy Sites in the city. They are being supported by the World Council of Churches.

In a recent open letter, patriarchs and heads of local churches in Jerusalem, expressed ...

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Tenth anniversary of The Elders

The Elders

Ten years ago this week Nelson Mandela founded The Elders and the group began working for peace, justice and human rights for all. The Elders are marking their tenth anniversary with a global year-long campaign #WalkTogether “to continue Nelson Mandela’s long walk to freedom, by building global empathy and supporting civil society on issues of peace, health, justice and equality”. The cam...

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Cameroon bishops take legal action over bishop’s suspicious death

Bishop Bala

The Bishops' Conference of Cameroon has launched a private lawsuit over the alleged murder of Bishop Jean-Marie Benoit Bala of Bafia, whose body was found floating in a river in June.

Archbishop Samuel Kleda of Douala, conference president, said the bishops were "not satisfied" with investigators' findings that Bishop Bala drowned after he disappeared overnight on 31 May, three days befor...

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Sr Stanislaus Kennedy receives award linked to Fitzgerald/Kennedy family

Sr Stan receiving her Award

Sister Stanislaus Kennedy, or Sr Stan as she is affectionately known, has been presented with the 2017 Fitzgerald Bible Bruff Award at the Thomas Fitzgerald Centre in Bruff, Co Limerick. A native of Dingle in Co Kerry, Sr Stan - a member of the congregation of Religious Sisters of Charity since 1958 - is a visionary and social innovator. For almost fifty years she has pioneered, campaigned, exp...

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US border bishop denounces hateful words, militarization of border

Fence at US/Mexico border

Denouncing the “demonization of migrants,” hateful rhetoric, the militarization of the border and a system that divides families, Bishop Mark J Seitz of El Paso, Texas, has called on Catholics to heed the church’s teachings to welcome the migrant. In an 18 July pastoral letter “Sorrow and Mourning Flee Away,” on migration and addressed to the “People of God in the Diocese of El Paso...

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Philippines: Catholic Church brings aid to Marawi evacuees

Supporting displaced people from Marawi City

The Catholic Church through the National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines is implementing a huge humanitarian response to the families affected by the ongoing crisis in Marawi on Mindanao Island in the Southern Philippines. According to NASSA/Caritas Philippines Executive Secretary Fr Edwin Gariguez, the response will cover the essential needs of 3,000 families or 15,00...

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Egypt: Church activities restricted by extremist threats

Christian Churches have been targeted and people killed

Christians in Egypt have been requested by the country’s security services to cancel all trips and activities outside of church buildings for the time being. Representatives of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Presidency of Protestant Churches in Egypt last week confirmed that their churches are abiding by this request.

The security services have told...

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How to help a migrant Calais minor this summer

Maria Skobtsova House, Calais

WESTMINSTER JUSTICE AND PEACE & MARIA SKOBTSOVA HOUSE (The Calais Catholic Worker House, offering emergency hospitality to young refugees) have launched an appeal.

There is a new and growing crisis where asylum seekers are gathering again in Calais, but this time mostly young people who have lost connection with family and friends. Brother Johannes Maertens of Maria Skobtsova ...

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El Salvador: Celebrating Oscar Romero’s Centenary

Romero Cross

This Romero Centenary Year is a time to remember and to cherish the life, ministry and martyrdom of a valiant and prophetic contemporary pastor. As we wait confidently for the announcement of his canonisation, Archbishop Romero remains a riveting inspiration for Christians in the 21st century, especially for those striving to become genuine missionary disciples, in the way that Pope Francis pro...

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Palestine Reflection: Three Stories of Throwing

Palestinian boy stopped at a checkpoint

In March 2017, I spent 10 days in Hebron and observed three throwing situations that showed a microcosm of the occupation in that Palestinian city. Hebron, a major city in the southern West Bank, is where some 800 Jewish settlers, protected by hundreds of Israeli soldiers, have moved into the old city, among the Palestinian population.

I was there with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), a ...

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US Nuns welcome activists to new chapel in path of gas pipeline

As chapels go, the simple structure on property owned by the Adorers of the Blood of Christ congregation in Columbia, Pennsylvania, is not much. It's more of an arbor, really: four posts and several cross boards built near a cornfield. Several pew-like benches are arranged around it. Still, say the sisters, it stands as a symbol of resistance by people of faith to a planned natural gas pipeline...

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Reflection from South Africa: Showing Leadership

Anthony Egan SJ

Amidst an otherwise disastrous political environment the recent statements of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa offer a glimmer of hope. Having in the past flip-flopped back and forth over his boss in government and the ruling party, Ramaphosa has finally pinned his colours to the mast and shown signs that he has the leadership needed to win the presidency of the African National Congress in Dec...

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