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Beit Jimal Salesian monastery cemetery desecrated
Vandals broke into the cemetery and burned several wooden crosses, then threw them on the ground. The incident dates back to mid-December, but has only emerged in recent days. Police launch investigation, so far without result. Episode part of "price tag" attacks.
31/08/2010 ISRAEL - VATICAN
Peres to visit Pope at a time of "serious" dialogue between Rome and Jerusalem
Meeting will have little impact on the practical issues, as the President of Israel is mostly a symbolic figure, but it will take place while attempts get underway in Washington for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. The quest for agreements between Israel and the Holy See advance.
05/03/2009 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Israeli air raid on Gaza. Three Islamic extremists killed
The first raid “targeted and killed” the commander of the Islamic militia, responsible for last weekend’s racket attacks on Israel. The second raid killed two militants who had attacked an Israeli patron. The fundamentalists promise revenge.
31/10/2009 VATICAN - ISRAEL
Israel restricts visas for priests and religious in the Holy Land
Two African priests denied visas, the priests from Europe reduced to a one year visa. Church authorities are worried (for now) afraid to raise their voice for fear of the consequences. The cause for restrictions: the fundamentalism of the Shas party. The Fundamental Agreement of '93 establishes freedom of the Church in being able to "deploy" its staff in the land of Christ. At risk the universal and international character of the Church. A new "visas crisis”is about to break out.
13/02/2017 18:07:00 ISRAEL
Holy Land: hope for dialogue and coexistence rises after Tagbha church reopens after arson attack
An interfaith ceremony and a Mass marked yesterday’s reopening of the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, victim of an arson attack by Jewish extremists. Israel’s president and moderate rabbis were present at the event. For Sobhy Makhoul, the weakness of the Israeli government encourages extremism. Catholic schools and agreements with the Holy See remain unresolved problems.
Pope speaks of Shoah, peace and two states for two peoples on arrival in Israel
Benedict XVI has immediately faced the hot issues of this visit. From anti-Semitism which “continues to rear its ugly head in many parts of the world” to the request for a “just solution” to the conflict, and that all pilgrims to the Holy Sites have free access without restrictions.
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