» 06/10/2014, 00.00
ISRAEL - VATICAN
Jerusalem, ultra-Orthodox Jews occupy and drive Christian pilgrims from Upper Room
Mob included a member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party. The possible use of the scared site by Christians has been under discussion for some time. The ultra-Orthodox Jews fear the transfer of rights to the sacred site. Only John Paul II and Pope Francis have been allowed to celebrate a mass in the place of the Last Supper and Pentecost.
26/05/2014 VATICAN - HOLY LAND
Pope: the Upper Room is where the Church set out and went "forth"
The place reminds us of service, fraternity, sharing, harmony, peace, promise, but also pettiness, curiosity, and betrayal. "This is the most beautiful part of being a Christian and, especially, of being a priest: becoming a friend of the Lord Jesus." He tells priests and religious to "let us not be overwhelmed by fear or disheartened, but with courage and confidence let us press forward in our journey and in our mission."
Jerusalem, clashes between police and ultra-Orthodox Jews, eight officers injured
Hundreds of protesters attacked the police overnight. Observant Jews protesting against the opening of a car park on the Jewish holy day of rest.
High Court of Justice slams ultra-Orthodox only bus
A petition challenges bus lines that segregate women from men to prevent contact forcing the former to sit in the back, requiring them to “dress modestly” and wear only skirts (no pants allowed).
31/08/2017 14:13:00 VATICAN – JEWS
The pope meets rabbis from Europe, America, and Israel, says no to wars of religion
The Statement between Jerusalem and Rome is presented. The latter emphasises common traditions, as well as theological differences. Catholics are "partners, close allies, friends and brothers". Moral behaviour and religious education are a way "to influence and inspire ". The pope expressed his best wishes for the Jewish New Year.
"Death to Christians": Hebrew graffiti next to Upper Room in Jerusalem
The graffiti was immediately removed to avoid exacerbating tension between Christians and Jews. Those responsible are probably young Orthodox Jews. In the area of close to the Upper Room many other offences against priests, nuns and holy sites. Doubts about the ability (or willingness) of the State to protect the places of Christendom.
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