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U.S. bishops get close-up look at Gaza struggles

BEIT SAHOUR, West Bank -- Retired Bishop Placido Rodriguez of Lubbock, Texas, remembers the smell of woodworking and the feel of wood in his...

Catholic leaders urge Israel to meet Palestinian hunger strikers’ demands

Catholic News Service JERUSALEM — Catholic leaders in the Holy Land urged Israel to concede to demands of Palestinian political prisoners on a hunger strike...

Vatican policy promotes access to Jerusalem, self-determination for all

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s hopes for a peace-filled world and its defense of the right to religious freedom have supported its...

Bishops visiting Holy Land say Christians must oppose Israeli settlements

JERUSALEM — Christians have a responsibility to oppose the construction of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories, said bishops from the U.S., Canada and Europe. “This...

Catholic leaders in Holy Land pray for those hit by wildfires

Catholic News Service JERUSALEM — Catholic leaders in the Holy Land expressed solidarity with those affected by regional wildfires, which continued to burn after five...

Commentary: Church serves, strives to keep Christian presence in Bethlehem

  As we approach the feast of Christ's birth in Bethlehem, we must renew our prayers for peace in the Holy Land and throughout the...

Church leaders want Israel to step up protection of Christian sites

Catholic News Service JERUSALEM — Although Israeli officials have publicly criticized the June arson attack that seriously damaged the Benedictine Church of the Multiplication in...

Jordan River bank where Jesus baptized declared UNESCO heritage site

Catholic News Service JERUSALEM — UNESCO declared Bethany Beyond the Jordan, on the eastern side of the Jordan River, as a World Heritage site and...

Vatican signs agreement with Palestine, calls for two-state solution

Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Holy See and Palestine have signed a historic agreement that supports a two-state solution to the ongoing...

Bishops visiting Holy Land decry ‘man-made disaster’ in Gaza

Catholic News Service JERUSALEM — Bishops from North America, Europe and Africa called on international leaders to act immediately so people living in the Gaza...

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