Jerusalem

Pray for peace in the Holy Land with Pope Francis

Pray for peace in the Holy Land with Pope Francis

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.

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Gaza: the bloodshed continues

Gaza: the bloodshed continues

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 ...

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Killed by fear in Gaza

Killed by fear in Gaza

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. ...

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Caritas Jerusalem brings hope as Gaza crisis deepens

Caritas Jerusalem brings hope as Gaza crisis deepens

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 ...

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Church figures visit Latrun Monastery after vandal attack

Church figures visit Latrun Monastery after vandal attack

Representatives from Caritas Jerusalem, the Pontifical Mission and the Secretariat de la Solidarite visited Latrun Monastery yesterday in the wake of a vandalism attack. The monastery is 25 km west of Jerusalem. In the attack Tuesday, vandals spray painted “Jesus is a monkey” and the words “mutual responsibility” along with the names of evacuated illegal ...

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Syrian child refugees face poverty in Lebanon

Syrian child refugees face poverty in Lebanon

Available in French By Laura Sheahen, Caritas Communications Officer A black pupil within azure and indigo swirls, the ‘ayn’ is supposed to ward off envy and the evil eye. These round, blue glass objects are ubiquitous in the Middle East. It’s hard to imagine who would envy the three bedraggled children I’m talking to in ...

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