By secular standards, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa has done spectacularly well in his career. Even from the perspective of the Catholic establishment, Pizzaballa is an unparalleled success story. In fact, being appointed custodian of the Holy Land at the age of 39 is quite a feat by any yardstick: In practice, Pizzaballa is the man in charge of all the Christian holy places in the Middle East.
By Lili Galili, Haaretz, Dec 24, 2005
December 24, 20054627 reads
December 13, 20053624 readsThey have come to Israel from Russia and Ukraine. They are more numerous than the members of the historical Churches, but they are not included in any tally. Observant Jews, Orthodox Christians, and Catholics are all competing for them.
by Sandro Magister, Chiesa, Dec 13, 2005
November 18, 20053703 reads
October 24, 20053723 readsA holiday in Palestine is never going to be easy but, finds Andrew Mueller, the rewards for tourists and locals alike can be huge.
To get to the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I have to negotiate a military checkpoint. Opposite the church marking the site of the Nativity, a building flies a huge poster of a man infamous, in some circles, as a terrorist.
The Observer, Sunday, Oct 23, 2005
August 09, 20055094 readsThe Israeli popular newspaper ?Yideot Ahronot? revelaed that Micha Bahooth, the Christian driver from Shefa-Amr came one day before the terrorist attack to the bus station in Shefa-Amr with a Jewish soldier by the name of Natan-Zada. Zada had a M-16 rifle, a black bag in his arm and a cap on his head. Bahooth told the instructor that the Jewish Soldier had fallen asleep in the bus and missed his station. The Christian driver offered the soldier a bottle of water before they drove him back to the central bus station in the Haifa bay.
The Christian driver was shot by Natan-Zada 24 hours after, together with 3 other passangers, in the first terrorist attack by a Jewish Terrorist against Israeli Arabs in the recent years
Special For "Come and See", Aug 8, 2005
June 22, 20054644 readsAfter 9 years in Nazareth, executive director of Nazareth village D. Michael Hostetler and family will be leaving to Canada.
Mr. Hostetler, known by his friends as ?Mike?, was the living spirit behind the establishment of the replica of the first century village and museum created in 2000 in Nazareth.
Nazareth, June 22, 2005, Special for Come and See
March 05, 20056240 readsOne of the biggest landowners in Israel, the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is in financial trouble. After decades of selling and leasing land cheaply, the current patriarch is launching a campaign to `redeem' property, assisted by well-known lawyer Gilead Sher. Sher replaced the disgruntled Mira Bornstein, who sued her former client for millions of shekels.
By Asaf Carmel, Haaretz, March 4, 2005
February 28, 20053401 readsA bishop of Jerusalem says that Christians, as bearers of values such as justice, peace, dignity and human rights, can make a key contribution to solving the Mideast conflict.
Christians' weapons are those of "negotiation, patience and bridge-building," said Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, in a statement to ZENIT.
The Italian-born prelate has been in the Holy Land for 44 years. He was ordained bishop 11 years ago and has been patriarchal vicar of the Latin Church in Israel for the past decade.
Zenit.org, Feb 22, 2005
February 23, 20053623 readsOpen Doors with Brother Andrew works in Israel helping persecuted believers in the region reach out with the hope of Christ. President of Open Doors USA Carl Moeller says the Christian population in Israel has been affected. "From maybe 30 to 50 percent of the West Bank and Gaza being Christian in 1950, to now about 1.5 percent and that's because of the violence that's taken place."
Mission Network News, Feb 18, 2005