19 January 2018
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The wall between Israel and Palestine

UN General Assembly demands Israel tear down wall

But only those sections built on occupied territories.

Court reaffirms everyone's right to a secure and free access to Holy Places

Vatican spokesperson Joaquín Navarro-Valls: "It is a ruling that matters."

The International Court of Justice in The Hague rules against Wall
Political decisions remain the purview of the United Nations. The Court upholds open access to the Holy Sites. Fr. David Jaeger, Franciscan in the Holy Land, speaks on the matter

International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to issue its decision on the Wall tomorrow
Father Malagola, of the Custody of the Holy Land: It's a permanent hell for Palestinians and a source of fear for Israelis

Christians in the Holy Land: "Good Decision by the Courts"
The Custodian of the Holy Land: "Israel is showing that it is a country subject to the Rule of Law".

Editor's choices

Muslims and Christians meet in Cairo for Jerusalem, 'the cause of causes'

Fady Noun

A conference was held on 16-17 January at al-Azhar. Many prominent figures from Lebanon took part, including the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Al-Rahi. The Arab world is divided between "complicit passivity" and "noisy but ineffective speeches". For a former Lebanese premier, coordinated actions are needed to ensure greater efficacy on behalf of Jerusalem’s "pluralistic identity " and "religious freedom". Card Al-Rahi called for joint prayers, Islamic-Christian interfaith solidarity in the Arab world, and support for the Palestinians.

Yunnan: Christians accused of membership in an apocalyptic sect get up to 13 years in prison

The Three Grades of Servants cult, an underground pseudo-Protestant sect founded in Henan, is especially strong in the countryside. Those convicted claim they are just ordinary Christians and know nothing about the sect. Defense lawyers have been threatened with loss of their license to practice.


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