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Despite everything, ‘it is a privilege to live in the Holy Land’


“There is international concern that the Religious Zionist Party, with its two protagonists Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir, is far-right and wants to increase the settlements in the West Bank and share the Temple Mount.”

Bishops: ‘Christian presence in Holy Land facing extreme threat’


“Radical groups continue to acquire strategic property in the Christian Quarter, with the aim of diminishing the Christian presence, often using underhanded dealings and intimidation tactics to evict residents from their homes.”

Holy Land: ‘religious elements of the conflict have grown more significant’


“The religious elements of the conflict have grown more significant over time, as the religio-nationalist narratives gain influence in society as a whole.”

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Bethlehem shopkeeper: ‘coronavirus has destroyed our life’


“Tell the pilgrims, we are waiting for you to come back again. The Church is all of us. We are united. The spirit of the pilgrims is the Church. Without the pilgrims, something is missing in the Holy Land.”

Planned annex of West Bank land is ‘unjust’ – Bishop


“THe Church in the Holy Land has over the course of history always pursued and upheld two goals and two approaches, namely, justice as the foundation, and peace and reconciliation as the ultimate goal.”

Coronavirus puts economic toll on Christians in the Holy Land


On March 12, the Franciscan Pilgrims Office in Jerusalem cancelled until further notice all Masses booked by pilgrimage tour companies at Holy Land shrines.

In Holy Land, Churches denounce persistent anti-Christian attacks


“The Churches are raising these problems at every level and on numerous occasions, but since their voice is not backed by political and financial weight (we are only 2 percent of the population), it is still not being heard, which moreover raises the problem of legal protection and minority rights.”

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