Christmas in Israel has been shadowed by the gloom of the prolonged Israeli-Palestinian conflict. While the United Nations has reported that the future of Bethlehem is not optimistic, Christian leaders in the region have continued to encourage the people with words of hope and faith.
Christianity Today, Dec 29, 2004
December 30, 20042948 reads
November 24, 20043021 readsWhat a Shame: "There was lots of hitting going on. Police were hit, monks were hit ... there were people with bloodied faces," said a witness in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, reputed to be Golgotha where Christ was crucified, and the site of the tomb where he was buried.
Allyn Fisher-Ilan in Jerusalem, Tuesday September 28, 2004, The Guardian
November 24, 20043033 readsSinging such Christian songs as "Jesus Loves Me, This I Know" in Korean, the throngs of 2,300 South Korean Christians -- young and old -- walked through the streets of the Jerusalem suburb of Gilo on Monday and crossed over "Checkpoint 300" into the Palestinian area of Bethlehem on what they called the "March for Peace"
By Julie Stahl, CNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau Chief, August 9, 2004
November 24, 20043031 readsFather Pierbattista Pizzaballa is the new Custos of the Fransiscan Custody of the Holy Land. At the age of 39, Pizzaballa is one of the youngest elected for this influential office.
He is fluent in Hebrew and published "the Rite of the Mass in Hebrew". In this interview he speaks about challenges he faces in this new position. He talks about the dividing wall, the emigrating of Palestinian Christians and the small Hebrew Speaking Christian community in Israel.
Fransiscan Custody in Holy Land Website, May 15, 2004
November 24, 20042938 reads
Nationally syndicated columnist Robert Novak reveals an important letter by Rep. Henry Hyde to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Hyde's letter is a plea to deflect Ariel Sharon's wall around the Holy Land from its planned position blocking the Scriptural pathway of Christ.
That raises the question of whether the Bush administration will confront Israel on this issue. Sharon's government last year abruptly cut off negotiations with the Vatican.
By Robert Novak, CNN, April 1, 2004
November 24, 20043171 readsGeorge Elias Khouri, a 20-year-old student at the Hebrew University was killed in a drive-by shooting as he was jogging in the French Hill area of Jerusalem. George is son of known Lawyer Elias Khoury.
The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades claimed responsibility for the shooting that was targeted on "a settler". When the identity of the victim became known, Arafat's office telephoned his father to condemn the attack and opologize.
By Jonathan Lis, Haaretz, March 22, 2004
April 05, 20033218 reads
January 16, 20033419 readsNegative statements about Islam by high-profile Southern Baptists Jerry Vines, Jerry Falwell and Franklin Graham made headlines throughout the Muslim world last year. To express their concern, the missionaries working in 10 preominantly Muslim Countries jointly composed a letter asked it will be distributed in Baptist circles.
By Tony Cartledge, Associated Baptist Press, Jan 14, 2003
January 03, 20033602 reads