June 4, 2014

Pray for peace in the Holy Land with Pope Francis

By |4 June 2014|

Pope Francis has invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the Vatican to pray for peace in the Holy Land this Pentecost Sunday. Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga reflects on the pope's call to prayer.

May 19, 2014

Holy Land pilgrims look to papal visit

By |19 May 2014|

Caritas members took part in the pilgrimage to holy sites from 12 – 16 May. They witnessed the difficult lives of Palestinians and called on Christians, Muslims and Jews to work together to bring about peace.

Caritas leaders go to Holy Land to pray for peace

By |9 May 2014|

Caritas directors from various parts of the world as well as the confederation’s secretary general Michel Roy will go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land next week. They will be praying for an end to the cycle of violence.

December 20, 2013

Storm makes life more difficult in Gaza

By |20 December 2013|

Caritas reaches Palestinian families stranded by floods in Gaza after severe storms add to the misery of daily life on the Strip.

July 24, 2013

Mission to Gaza

By |24 July 2013|

There are 1.7 million Palestinians living in Gaza, a thin strip of land along the Mediterranean, 41 km long and between 6 to 12 km wide. They have been blockaded by Israel since June 2007. A fifth live below the poverty line, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).

December 4, 2012

Ten Gaza facts

By |4 December 2012|

Home to 1.6 million people, Gaza is just 40km long and 10km wide. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

November 22, 2012

Post-war Gaza

By |22 November 2012|

Now there’s a ceasefire in Gaza, assisting communities in the Strip is of the highest priority. The week-long war between Gaza and Israel has left many people in desperate need of medical items, drinking water and blankets, among other things. Caritas Jerusalem’s health team - two coordinators, medical staff and two psychiatrists – are making an assessment of the emergency needs of Gazans. Caritas Jerusalem’s work will be mainly through its mobile clinic, the medical centre and also through the 180 community agents who they trained to help with the local population’s health needs.   Post-war Gaza: What have we learned? Visit Caritas Jerusalem's website | Press Release (19 November 2012) Listen to an interview with Vatican Radio in French of Bishop William Shomali, auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem.

Post-war Gaza: What have we learned?

By |22 November 2012|

Harout Bedrossian, communications officer for Caritas Jerusalem Finally it is quiet today. Last night’s ceasefire between Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israel put an end to a week of brutal warfare which caused suffering on both sides of the border.

Killed by fear in Gaza

By |21 November 2012|

Salem Boulos Sweilem, a father of five, dies from fear when bombs fall near his home, writes Ameen Sabbagh from Caritas Jerusalem. On the 19th of November 2012, in the middle of the roar of Israeli warplanes that are constantly bombing Gaza.  Salem, a close neighbour to the Caritas Health Centre in Shate Refugee Camp died. On that particular day Salem felt very exhausted and frustrated from lack of sleep, so he went to bed to get some rest. That night Israeli warplanes dropped four missiles each weighing more than a ton on and around the Palestine Stadium, which is about 100 metres from the Caritas Health Centre.

Gaza: the bloodshed continues

By |21 November 2012|

Harout Bedrossian is a communications officer for Caritas Jerusalem. He’s been sending us frequent updates on the situation in Gaza. Here’s the latest. We’re technically into day 8 of Operation Pillar of Cloud. I woke up very optimistic today after last night’s announcement of a ceasefire being brokered by Egypt, but was very disappointed when I switched on the T.V. this morning and found out that nothing had changed on the ground. The bloodshed, the madness, the slaughter of innocent children, women and civilians is still going on… The ceasefire, which was announced from Cairo, was supposed to begin at midnight between Monday and Tuesday. Some twenty minutes after the announcement, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) dropped leaflets in parts of Gaza urging people to evacuate their homes “immediately”. “For your own safety, you are required to immediately evacuate your homes and move toward Gaza City centre,” leaflets dropped over […]
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    Near miss for Caritas health centre as nearby house is bombed

Near miss for Caritas health centre as nearby house is bombed

By |20 November 2012|

The Gaza-Israeli conflict is in its sixth day and the bombardments and lack of adequate help is weighing heavily on the Gazan population. Israel also continues to come under rocket attack from militants in Gaza.  Today we spoke to Caritas staff on the ground in Gaza, Jerusalem and Ramallah. Ameen Sabbagh, a coordinator for Caritas in Gaza, said: “I want to tell you about last night. Israel bombed the building next to the Caritas health centre and damaged the buildings around it. An elderly man who was part of a Christian family in a nearby house was injured and later died of a heart attack from the shock of the attack. “The situation is very bad. The Caritas health centres are closed and there are just a four or so hospitals open in Gaza. Medicines and emergency essentials are in short supply. “Caritas staff can’t go to work because there […]

Caritas Jerusalem brings hope as Gaza crisis deepens

By |16 November 2012|

Caritas Jerusalem’s outgoing director Claudette Habesch says there is an urgent need for humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza in response to an upsurge in attacks between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants. Speaking to Caritas Italy staff in Rome, she  expressed deep concern over the rising casualties. Mrs. Habesch feared the possibility of an end to hostilities between Palestinians and Israelis was becoming more remote. Fighting has intensified in recent days following  Israel’s killing of Hamas’s military chief on Wednesday and rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel. Hamas say they have launched rockets from Gaza against Jerusalem – the first time the holy city has been targeted from the Gaza Strip.

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people

By |16 November 2012|

On 29th November, the world is called to show its solidarity with the Palestinian people. Here is a letter from Claudette Habesch, secretary general of Caritas Jerusalem, to mark this special day. International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people Journée internationale de solidarité avec le peuple palestinien

March 28, 2012

Caritas ambulances run out of fuel in Gaza

By |28 March 2012|

By Caritas Jerusalem Communications Department, Since end of February, Caritas Jerusalem operations in Gaza have been impacted by an oil supply crisis. “It started with difficulties in communicating with our staff in the field” said Jameel Khoury, health department coordinator based in Jerusalem. “Phones lines and emails were not functioning due to power cuts”. Now, the Caritas Jerusalem’s health centre in Gaza has had to stop some of the mobile clinic shifts in isolated areas of the Gaza Strip as service stations have run out of petrol to fuel the clinic’s van. The health centre’s generator is empty, and the staff members are working without power most of the time.

November 29, 2011

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    ‘Peace Is Possible': Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

‘Peace Is Possible': Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

By |29 November 2011|

Joseph Cornelius Donnelly is based in New York for Caritas. He writes: Today, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is commemorated solemnly at United Nations headquarters in New York and around the world. The necessity is two-fold: to remember the long struggle of Palestinians in their homeland and beyond, and to educate people about what happened and what remains to be done for enduring peace in this historic and complex land called Palestine, inextricably shared with Israel. Despite all the documents, decisions and dissertations about Palestine, there remain gaping holes in understanding. It is necessary today to give the basic facts - who the Palestinians are, where they were born, what fragmented their society, and when will they fully have their rights in the land that is their home. Solidarity suggests deliberate engagement with people more than only issues. It is underscored today as action to sympathize with the oppressed [...]

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