“Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare”, the courage “to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity”, said the Pope to Simon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas in the Vatican

Pope Francis appealed repeatedly to peace in the Middle East during his visit to the Holy Land in reference to the Syrian war and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. He made an unscheduled stop at the separation wall near Bethlehem to pray there and invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine to go to the Vatican to pray together for peace with him.

Palestinian Christians who want to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem face a lot of problems to do it mainly because of Israeli military checkpoints and the security barrier that separate Bethlehem from Jerusalem.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday in Bethlehem that US considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank “illegitimate”. He said nothing about it in his remarks with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

The Wall. It was April 1968. I was nine years old. The Wall was seven. I just arrived to Berlin with my parents. I was deeply impressed with what I saw. Houses with doors and windows walled in, telling the story of families that lived there and had to fly suddenly or stay and get […]

PLO : Parishes from the Bethlehem and Ramallah areas received bw 30% & 40% of the permits they requested from Israel to attend Palm Sunday

Ten Years ago, the World was watching how the people who searched sanctuary in the Bethlehem basilica and found themselves trapped there with the religious, nuns and friars who refused to leave for weeks in solidarity and to fulfill their mission of take care of the Christian Holy Sites in Israel and Palestine,  began to […]