The sale of the family home of the Muslim holder of the key to the Holy Sepulcher confirms a growing trend. For a Palestinian, to give up property to a Jew is considered a disgrace and a betrayal. For Jewish intermediaries, it is a "peaceful" and "fantastic" way to carry on the territorial conflict. The issue also worries Christian religious leaders. Greek Orthodox bishop slams the trend, saying that it is aimed at marginalising the Christian presence in the Holy Land.
The Pacific Rim summit will cost at least 1.5 billion dollars to a country where 40 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line and resources for education and health are scarce. The US-China trade war will dominate the meeting.
"The Bride of Christ has a silent temperament, generates fruits" without noise ", without" playing the trumpet like the Pharisees ". "The Church also grows with the blood of the martyrs, men and women who give their lives. Today there are many. Curious: they do not make the news. The world hides that. The spirit of the world does not tolerate martyrdom, it hides it".
In the historical patriarchal headquarters a handshake between the leader of the Lebanese Forces and the head of Marada. A meeting that heals a 40 year-old wound. The mediation of Card. Beshara Raï. From justice the foundations for a "true peace": A gesture that is also valid for Muslims.
The 57 year-old bureaucrat beat the secular Ofer Berkovitch in the run-off. The latter does not accept defeat and speaks of fraud. Lion set an electoral campaign on fear and danger of "secularization". Lieberman resigns as a protest on the truce in Gaza.
The Russian faithful in Turkey no longer have churches where to go to pray because there are only churches of the "schismatic patriarchate". In Ukraine, the Tomos of autocephaly is expected by the end of November. The Ukrainian president backs Simeon as the new patriarch.
Mgr Marcuzzo praised Egypt and Jordan for their mediation in achieving a fragile truce in the Gaza Strip. The two sides are far apart and violence has become a regular occurrence. The UN Security Council is paralysed. For Israeli expert, Hamas sought to capture Israeli soldiers as bargaining chip.
The eighth commandment "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” not just about lies, but "it means to live as children of God". Let us ask ourselves: what truth do the works, words, choices of Christians attest to?".
A lay faithful denounces the betrayal of the agreement between China and the Holy See. Priests are obliged to be part of the Patriotic Association, a supporter of a Church that is "independent" of the Holy See. The four priests are known for their pastoral commitment and for the service of the poor and the needy.
The 52nd session of the Assembly of Patriarchs and Catholic Bishops (Apecl) opens. The cardinal recalls the value of "civilization" of the Land of Cedars. It has "a role and a mission" for the region. Religious affiliations and loyalty to political leaders restrain the country's future.