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Holy Land Middle East

King of Jordan promises to protect Christian holy sites

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has offered assurance to Pope Francis that Christian and Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem will be protected amid the Israel-Hamas war. Source: OSV News.

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Easter celebrations scaled down in Holy Land but hope survives

Good Friday’s Stations of the Cross walk to the Holy Sepulchre Church went off quietly and prayerfully, although missing pilgrims meant reduced numbers for all Easter ceremonies in Jerusalem. Source: The Tablet.

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Pope writes letter to his ‘dear brothers and sisters’ in the Holy Land 

Pope Francis yesterday issued a letter to the Christians of the Holy Land in preparation for Good Friday, expressing his solidarity with a community that continues to suffer amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. Source: CNA.

Holy Land Holy Week

‘We are not alone, abandoned or afraid,’ says patriarch of Jerusalem

When Christians gathered in Jerusalem to remember Jesus’ entry into the city, it was one of a few joyful moments in the Holy Land, “crushed by so much hatred” in the months following the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel. Source: OSV News.

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Vatican’s Good Friday collection to aid humanitarian efforts in Gaza 

This year, the Vatican’s annual Good Friday financial appeal for the Holy Land highlights the urgent humanitarian crisis facing the beleaguered population in Gaza and the Pope’s plea for peace. Source: CNA.

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In the midst of war in Gaza, children receive First Holy Communion

In the midst of war and suffering, the Catholic faithful of Holy Family Parish in northern Gaza continue to walk in the light of faith, with eight children receiving their First Holy Communion on January 7. Source: CNA.

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Holy Land churches ask communities to forgo public Christmas festivities 

Public Christmas celebrations that are usually an integral part of Advent and Christmas in the Holy Land will be absent this year not only in Gaza, but in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Amman, as well. Source: National Catholic Register.

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Caritas worker and family killed in Gaza air strike

Caritas Australia is mourning the loss of another colleague from the Caritas Network who was killed in a bombing in Gaza.

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Caritas Australia to host virtual service for Gaza and Holy Land

Caritas Australia will host a virtual “service of solidarity” in recognition of the human suffering in the Holy Land in the wake of the war between Israel and Hamas.