• August 11, 2007
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    The worldwide Foursquare denomination holds its annual conference in Jerusalem and bucks the trend of locally-based Christian ministries by openly embracing Messianic Jewish leaders.

    Many Christian organizations in Israel tend to be overly cautious in their relationship with Messianic Jews to avoid offending their Israeli hosts, but Hayford said the Foursquare Church stands unashamed with Israel’s Jewish believers and featured several Messianic leaders as key speakers.

    Sara Fischer, Israel Today, Aug 9, 2007

    Foursquare Church comes to Jerusalem, embraces local Messianics
  • August 02, 2007
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    In recent years, conservative evangelicals who claimed a biblical mandate to protect Israel have built a bulwark of support for the Jewish state - sending donations, denouncing its critics and urging it not to evacuate settlements or forfeit territory.

    Now more than 30 evangelical leaders have stepped forward to say these efforts have given the wrong impression about the stance of many, if not most, U.S. Christians.

    On Friday, these leaders sent a letter to President George W. Bush saying that both Israelis and Palestinians had "legitimate rights stretching back for millennia to the lands of Israel/Palestine," and that they supported the creation of a Palestinian state "that includes the vast majority of the West Bank."

    By Laurie Goodstein, July 29, 2007, the International Herald Tribune

  • July 16, 2007
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    Muslims and evangelical Christians are talking — at least behind closed doors at the Egyptian Embassy — according to several guests at a top-secret lunch on July 2.

    The meeting was an initiative of Rev. Benny Hinn, who is a Palestinian and was born in Jaffa, Israel. It featured ambassadors from nine Arab states plus their umbrella group, and several American prominent evangelical leaders or their sons.

    The Washington Times, July 11, 2007

    Meeting of Evangelical leaders and Muslim ambassadors
  • May 23, 2007
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    The historic Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem has fallen into a crisis again.

    The Jordanian announced last Sunday, May 13, that it has withdrawn its recognition Patriarch Theofilos III, alleging he has failed to act on a pledge to annul an unsanctioned church property sale to Israel.

    By Theodore Kalmoukos, Special to The National Herald, May 18, 2007

    Legal Document Claims that Eirineos Did Nothing Wrong
  • April 18, 2007
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    Historic St George's Anglican Cathedral in Jerusalem was filled to overflowing on Low Sunday, April 15, as the Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani was installed and welcomed as the 14th Anglican bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

    Los Angeles, Massachusetts, New York bishops represent the US-based Episcopal Church

    By Jim Rosenthal, April 16, 2007, Episcopal Life online

    Suheil Dawani enthroned as Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem
  • November 27, 2006
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    Some of the greatest movies have helped bring Bible stories to life. Movies like The Passion of the Christ, The Ten Commandments, and Ben Hur have helped put sounds, images, and emotion to stories that are at the heart of Christianity.

    The Nativity Story, a movie which will premiere Nov. 26, is eagerly anticipated by many Christians as the next great Bible story turned into a movie.

    Catholic Register, Nov 26, 2006

    Contributions from 'The Nativity' premiere - to Maghar
  • June 26, 2006
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    Pope Benedict XVI has said violence is forcing Christians to flee Israel, the Palestinian territories and other countries of the Middle East.

    The pontiff also called for respect between cultures and religions.

    "The serious difficulties encountered by the Christian community" in Israel and the Palestinian territories "because of lack of security, work, restrictions on movements and poverty are a source of anxiety for us", he said on Thursday.

    Al-Jazeera, June 22, 2006

  • April 18, 2006
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    Franciscan monks, German tourists and Filipino foreign workers crowded the Old City of Jerusalem's cobblestone streets and its ancient churches yesterday to celebrate Easter.

    Thousands of pilgrims packed the narrow alleyways of the Old City to mark Jesus' resurrection - more visitors than in recent years, reflecting a downturn in Palestinian-Israeli violence that kept tourists away.

    AP, April 16, 2006

  • October 30, 2005
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    The Vatican is hoping to regain control of the Room of the Last Supper in Jerusalem, one of the most sacred sites in Christianity.

    It will, in exchange, hand over to the Jewish community the historic synagogue at Toledo in Spain, at present a Catholic church.

    Times Online, Oct 13, 2005

  • August 22, 2005
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    The Greek Orthodox Church has elected a new patriarch for Jerusalem to replace its former leader who was demoted after a controversial land deal.

    The church's Holy Synod elected Metropolitan Theofilos following the ousting of his predecessor in May. Theofilos becomes the religious head of 100,000 Christians in the Holy Land, most of them Palestinian. Former Patriarch Irineos had refused to resign, despite being isolated by the world's Orthodox leaders.

    By LAURIE COPANS, AP, August 22, 2005

    New Orthodox leader for Jerusalem