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15/01/2015 9:14 am

Bishops call for human dignity as basis for peace in Holy Land

"We came to pray with and support the Christian community and to promote peace and human dignity in this divided land. We witnessed the tragic consequences of the failure of both local and international politicians to advance peace. Human dignity is given by God and is absolute. The ongoing conflict assaults the dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis, but in a particular way our commitment to the poor calls us to lift up the suffering people in Gaza." 

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04/03/2015 3:48 pm

Gaza in 2015: Middle East Analysis - Extended

In this extended podcast Bishop Declan Lang is joined by our Middle East North Africa consultant, Dr Harry Hagopian, to talk about his visit to Gaza in January 2015 and the stark realities facing Gazans. 

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10/01/2013 9:30 am

Holy Land Co-ordination Final Communiqué 2013

Since the Bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination gathered in January 2012, the people in this region have lived through dark and dramatic events: conflict in Gaza and southern Israel; civil war in Syria, which has resulted in huge numbers of refugees pouring into other countries and putting an enormous strain on their resources; and increasing polarisation within Israel and Palestine. These developments have caused profound anxiety for all in this region, for the Israelis, Palestinians, Jews, Muslims, and particularly for the dwindling Christian population.

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12/01/2012 12:40 pm

Bishops appeal for responsibility and leadership in the Holy Land

An international meeting of Catholic Bishops in the Holy Land concluded today with an appeal to the region's political leaders to meet the needs of the Christian communities and all people living across these biblical lands.

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13/01/2011 9:00 am

A Pledge of Prayer, A Call for Pilgrimage and A Commitment to Pursue a Just Peace

We have gathered for the eleventh time in the Holy Land to show, by sharing and exchanging our experiences and hopes, the love and solidarity of Catholics in our home countries for the Land of our Saviour, for the holy places and, in a special way, for the people who make up the community of believers here.

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14/01/2010 9:00 am

Catholic Bishops call for political courage to achieve peace in the Holy Land

Catholic Bishops of the 10th Holy Land Co-ordination today urged political leaders and people of goodwill to be courageous in seeking a just peace in the Holy Land. This year the focus was on the crucial situation in East Jerusalem: property confiscations and evictions.

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15/01/2009 9:00 am

Communiqué: Stop the Violence, Start Building Peace

Stop the violence! Stop the killing! Start to build peace! Over and over again we heard these cries during the ninth visit of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences to the Mother Church of Jerusalem in this divided and suffering land. The violence in Gaza was on everyone's minds and lips. We heard directly about the human tragedy from the parish priest of Gaza, Father Manawel Musallam.

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17/01/2008 12:00 pm

Holy Land Coordination 2008

In a year when the world has focused renewed attention on a just peace between Israelis and Palestinians, the Co-ordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land has just returned from our eighth visit to the Holy Land to walk in solidarity with the local Church and its bishops and to support the search for a just peace.

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Holy Land Co-ordination

Since 1998, the Department of International Affairs has organised the annual meeting of the Co-ordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church of the Holy Land.

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