- May 8, 2021
As his Muslim neighbors and fellow Jericho residents make their way home for the iftar, which breaks the daily fast throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Franciscan Father Mario Hadchiti hands out small bags of dates and water to passersby in front of the Franciscan Good Shepherd Church.
Jaffa, the historic port at the core of the greater Tel Aviv metropolis, is home to around 20,000 Arab residents, remnants of the Palestinian population that lived there before Israel’s establishment in 1948. The district has undergone extensive gentrification in recent decades with government encouragement.
England’s leading Catholic international develop agency has condemned UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement opposing an investigation into alleged war crimes by Israel and Palestinian actors in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Israel marks its national Holocaust Memorial Day April 8. An estimated 180,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel, with approximately one-third living in poverty. Some 13,000 die every year.
Palestinian women are using spikenard — mentioned in several places in the Gospels as “nard” — as well as rose, jasmine, honey, ambra and other essential oils to infuse candles — and help support their families.
As the Palestinian Authority began its vaccine rollout in early February, some Palestinians remained confused about the campaign and expressed uncertainty about the vaccine itself.
For the first time in 54 years, a Mass will be celebrated Jan. 10, the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, at St. John the Baptist Chapel on the banks of the Jordan River.
Bethlehem on Thursday ushered in Christmas Eve with a stream of joyous marching bands and the triumphant arrival of the top Catholic clergyman in the Holy Land, but few people were there to greet them as the coronavirus pandemic and a strict lockdown dampened celebrations in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.