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27 Dec

Abbas Welcomes Pope Francis’ Call for Realizing Peace

PA President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed Pope Francis’ call for a dialogue of peace between Palestinians and Israelis.   WAFA reported, according to Al Ray, that Abbas decided to engage in a peace process based on international law and relevant resolutions of the Security Council and of the General Assembly.   […]

25 Dec

Pope Francis Calls for Peace in Jerusalem on Christmas

Pope Francis called for peace in Jerusalem and throughout the holy land in his traditional Christmas Urbi et Orbi speech, which, in Latin, means: “To the city and world.” According to Agence-France Presse (AFP), the Pope expressed hope, , from Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican city, that the “will to […]

24 Nov

Palestinians Urge Pope Francis to Reject Netanyahu’s Invitation to Launch Giro d’Italia in Israel

Pope Francis touches the wall on his way to celebrate a mass in Manger Square, in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem on May 25, 2014 Osservatore Romano—Reuters In an open letter, Palestinian civil society groups urge the Pope not to lend his name in any way to the 2018 Giro d’Italia […]

16 May

Pope Francis Meets with Abbas following Treaty Announcement

Pope Francis met President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, calling him ‘an angel of peace,’ days after the Vatican said it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine, to the anger of Israel.Abbas met the pontiff for about 20 minutes for a private audience, a day before the Pope […]

26 May

SOS Message from Jerusalem Christians to Pope Francis

May 26, 2014 3:42 AM IMEMC News Holy sites, Human Interest, Jerusalem 0

Your Holiness Pope Francis: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,…” ~Matthew 19:14, Our Lord Jesus said this over two thousand years ago in this Holy Land. Today, we are reminded of our Lord’s wish as we were awaiting Your historic visit to our beloved […]

25 May

Bethlehem Welcomes Pope Francis

May 25, 2014 2:25 PM Saed Bannoura Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

His Holiness Pope Francis arrived in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the occupied State of Palestine.He started his visit with a press conference with President Mahmoud Abbas, before he visited a section of the Israeli Apartheid Wall, north of the city, and continued his […]

25 May

Pope Francis Begins Mideast Pilgrimage

Pope Francis embarked upon a three-day pilgrimage to the Middle East, Saturday, with a plea for peace in war-torn Syria, calling for people to uphold religious freedom ‘in a region ravaged by war and bloodshed, and where a dwindling Christian population faces daily persecution’, according to Ma’an News Agency. Syria’s […]

23 May

3 Under House Arrest For Pope Francis’ Visit

In what appears to be a token move by the state of Israel, three young Jewish militants have been placed under house arrest for suspicion of possible plans to disrupt Pope Francis’ visit to Israel this weekend.’The police and Shin Bet (security service) have taken out restraining orders against several […]

14 May

Israeli Police Request Pope Francis’ Poster be Removed from Jerusalem Church

The Israeli police have requested that a welcome poster for Pope Francis’ eminent visit be removed from a building belonging to a church near Jaffa Gate, to avoid ‘inflaming Jewish passions’.According to the Middle East Monitor, the National Christian Assembly Secretary-General, Dimitri Delyani, described the Israeli request as a ‘rude […]

16 Apr

Call to Pope Francis for Passover Week: ‘Palestine Wants Justice’

Palestinian Christians carried a bold message as part of the annual Palm Sunday procession from the Mount of Olives to the Old City in East Jerusalem, this year. The parishes of various Palestinian villages carried banners reading: ‘Pope Francis: Palestine Wants Justice.’ The pontiff will be visiting the Holy Land […]

07 Mar

Pope Francis Threatens to Cancel Israel Visit, Workers Protest Gaza Siege

The papal ambassador to Israel has informed the Israeli Foreign Ministry that Pope Francis will cancel his planned visit to Israel, which was to take place over May 24-26, due to the ongoing labor dispute at the Israeli Foreign Ministry.According to the PNN, a source at the Israeli Foreign Ministry […]

11 Jan

Francis Again Calls to Respect Status of Jerusalem

Pope Francis reiterated, on Monday, his call to respect the status quo of Jerusalem following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the city as Israel’s capital. Addressing ambassadors from more than 180 countries Francis said, according to the PNN, “We reiterate our call to abide by UN resolutions and to […]

27 Aug

Vatican and Palestine May Raise UN Flags Before Francis’ Visit

In a move likely to upset Israel’s government, Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at UN headquarters — just in time for Pope Francis’ visit, next month. According to Al Ray/AP, supporters of the idea hope that the UN General Assembly will adopt a resolution on […]

26 May

Pope Calls for Allowing Free Access to Holy Sites in Jerusalem, Urges Two State Solution

Pope Francis, on his last day of a 3-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, called for allowing all believers free access to holy sites in Jerusalem, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).Late Sunday afternoon, Pope Francis arrived in Tel Aviv, where he urged Israeli President Shimon Peres and other authorities to […]

26 May

Pope Meets Grand Mufti Of Jerusalem In The Al-Aqsa Mosque

His holiness Pope Francis met on Monday [May 26, 2014] the Grand Mufti of Occupied Jerusalem and the Holy Land, Sheikh Mohammad Hussein, and various Jerusalemite Islamic and Christian leaders.He arrived at the Al-Aqsa Mosque from its eastern gate, and visited the Dome of the Rock along with Prince Ghazi […]

25 May

Pope Meets with Abbas

In an official reception with President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis I of the Roman Catholic Church voiced hopes that peace in the Middle East could soon surface, so as to reach an end to the internationally recognized suffering of thousands of people as a direct result of over half a […]

25 May

Abbas Calls on Francis to Recognize Palestinian Crisis

In a speech, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas presented to Pope Francis the need to support the work of Palestinians in ending the Israeli occupation and establishing an independent, free Palestinian state:‘We count on Your Holiness to contribute towards enabling our people to attain their freedom and full independence, by bringing […]

25 May

660 Gaza Christians Allowed into West Bank to See Pope

Israeli authorities have allowed 660 Christians from Gaza to see Pope Francis, on Sunday, in the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem.According to Al Ray, the Ministry of Interior has reported that dozens of Christians left Gaza on Friday, via Erez crossing, in the northern Gaza Strip, saying that new […]

11 May

Security Concerns as Pope Prepares to Visit Levant

The head of the Roman Catholic church in the Holy Land said, today, that Israeli hate crimes against local Muslims and Christians are souring relations ahead of a papal visit, AFP reports via Ma’an News Agency.’The unrestrained acts of vandalism poison the atmosphere — the atmosphere of co-existence and the […]

08 Mar

US Bishops ask Pope to speak about injustice against the Palestinian Children

As the visit of Pope Francis to Palestine and Israel nears, a letter signed by 20 US Bishops was sent the Pontiff asking him to speak out against the targeting of Palestinian children by the Israeli military.Rev. Don Wagner, the National Director of the Friends of Sabeel in the United […]

03 Apr

US Blocks UN Investigation into Israeli Military Killings in Gaza (pt. 1/2)

Reacting to Trump administration blocking of a UN investigation into Israeli military’s killings of Palestinians, Col. Larry Wilkerson says the United States is “in the back pocket of Israel like we have never been associated with any other country in the world.” Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy […]

03 Dec

‘Smuggled’ Palestinian Child Meets Father for the First Time in Israeli Prison

December 3, 2017 9:16 AM IMEMC News & Agencies Human Interest, Israel, Prisoners 0

by Rania Zabaneh Whenever someone asked Majd where his father was, he would run to the sitting room and point to a poster hung on the wall. For the 15-month-old toddler, “baba” (Arabic for dad), was a picture, a voice on the other end of the telephone and a lot […]

27 Oct

Orthodox Church Sells Off More Property

Orthodox Christian properties in Jerusalem, Jaffa and Caesara are being sold at very low and questionable prices to companies in offshore tax havens. Documents obtained by the Israeli newspaper appear to show an unknown company purchased a three story office building on King David Street, in Jerusalem, for $850,000 – […]

17 Jul

Israel Is Not As Christian-Friendly As You Think

By Kathryn Shihadah, If Americans Knew – The New Testament records that Jesus Christ took two loaves of bread and five fish, and fed five thousand people. Ancient believers identified the place where they believe this miracle happened and built a church on the site. Today the Church of the Multiplication […]

08 Dec

Bethlehem Lights Christmas Tree With Message Of Peace And Justice (Video)

The Mayor of Bethlehem, Vera George Baboun, delivered this years’ Christmas message of peace and justice during the annual official Christmas tree lighting ceremony, held on December 4th, at the Manger Square in front of the Church of Nativity in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. The ceremony was carried out […]

14 Mar

Palestinian teacher wins international Global Teacher’s Prize

Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, announced Sunday that Hanan al-Hroub, a teacher from the Deheishe refugee camp in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, was awarded the Global Teacher’s Prize on Sunday.Al-Hroub was selected over 8,000 other competitors from all over the world. Her methods of teaching […]

04 Sep

UN to Back Raising of Palestinian Flag

A draft resolution on raising the Palestinian flag at the United Nations will likely be adopted next week in time for president Mahmoud Abbas’ visit to New York, the Palestinian envoy said on Thursday.According to AFP, the UN General Assembly will vote on September 10th on the measure that is […]

26 Aug

Vatican Not to Participate in UN Palestinian Flag Initiative

The Vatican, on Tuesday, asked the Palestinian UN mission to remove all references to it from a draft resolution the Palestinians have prepared for the General Assembly calling for the flags of Palestine and the Holy See to fly at the UN.The Palestinian draft resolution, which was seen by Reuters, […]

27 Jun

Vatican Signs Historic Accord with Palestine

The State of Palestine signed an historic accord with the Vatican on Friday, two years after the Catholic body recognized it as a state.’For the first time, the agreement includes an official recognition by the Holy See of Palestine as a State, in recognition of the right of the Palestinian […]

22 Jun

Catholic Assembly Condemns Burning Of The Loaves And Fishes Church By Israeli Extremists

June 22, 2015 4:26 AM Saed Bannoura Holy sites, Israel, News Report 0

Following condemnations by other Christian organizations, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries issued a statement condemning the church burning by right-wing Jewish extremists on Thursday night. Father Michel Sabbah, Father Amjad Sabbara, and Dr. Hanan Ashrawi also strongly denounced the assault. According to the statement from the Catholic officials, the arson […]

18 Jun

Israeli extremists burn the church where Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes

June 18, 2015 1:26 PM Celine Hagbard Holy sites, Israel, News Report 0

Early Thursday morning, right-wing Israelis set on fire the Church of the Multiplication, where Christians believe that Jesus multiplied loaves and fishes, and wrote graffiti in Hebrew on the walls that read, ‘False idols will be smashed’ and ‘Pagans’.The fire was set at about 3 am in the early hours […]

17 May

First Palestinian Saints Canonized at Vatican Mass

Two 19th-century nuns on Sunday became the first Palestinians to gain sainthood in recent history during an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square, and attended by PA President Mahmoud Abbas.The pontiff urged the faithful to follow the ‘luminous example’ of the two 19th-century sisters and two […]

13 May

Vatican to Recognize Palestine

After years of negotiations, the Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), as well as the Palestinian Authority have agreed on a draft treaty for the Vatican’s recognition of the Palestinian State. The treaty is expected to be signed and come into effect later this year. PA President Abbas is […]

06 Apr

Christians Worldwide Celebrate Easter in Jerusalem

April 6, 2015 3:53 AM IMEMC & Agencies Holy sites, Jerusalem, News Report 0

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem urged Christians to stand firm in the face of tragedy, as worshipers massed for Easter Sunday at the site where they believe Jesus rose from the dead. Internationally, Pope Francis condemned the indifference and ‘complicit silence’ to extremist attacks on Christians as he presided over […]

30 Oct

Israeli Violations Continue to Escalate in Occupied Territories

October 30, 2014 3:50 AM IMEMC & Agencies Israeli attacks, News Report, Palestine 0

Provocations by Israeli soldiers and settlers continued in the occupied Palestinian territories, on Wednesday, with multiple violations occurring across the West Bank and East Jerusalem, while militant Jewish settlers again broke into al-Aqsa Mosque via the Mughrabi gate.West Bank Masked Israeli forces were reported to have brutally attacked a 13-year-old […]

28 Jul

United Nations and President Obama Call for ‘Unconditional Ceasefire’

July 28, 2014 3:11 PM IMEMC News Gaza Strip, News Report, Peace process 0

United States President Barack Obama and the United Nations Security Council have both called for an unconditional ceasefire from Israel this morning. In a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama “made clear the strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now,” according […]

01 Jul

Further Clashes at Al-Aqsa

As the holy festival of Ramadan begins for the world’s Muslim community, Israeli settlers raided al-Aqsa mosque compound again, this morning, under the protection of Israeli police. Over two dozen settlers entered the compound from the Moroccan Gate and tried to perform prayers there, according to the PNN. Palestinians worshippers […]

17 Jun

Israeli Militants Storm Al-Aqsa

Israeli settlers have again stormed the courtyards of al-Aqsa mosque, on Tuesday, escorted by dozens of Israeli soldiers.Approximately 20 settlers broke into the mosque, through the Moroccan Gate, touring the courtyards before leaving, according to media official Mahmoud Abu Atta, of Al-Aqsa Foundation for Waqf and Heritage. Al Ray reports […]

11 Jun

Settlers Storm Ibrahimi Mosque Park

Israeli settlers stormed the park of the Ibrahimi Mosque (Cave of the Patriarchs) in Hebron, on Wednesday, where they attempted to sabotage its content, according to media sources.WAFA correspondence reprts that a group of settlers broke through the park and attempted to plow it and install water tubes and sprinklers […]

08 Jun

Vatican Hosts Cross-Cultural Peace Prayer

Vatican City hosts, today, a joint peace prayer with Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and president Mahmoud Abbas, in what is held to be an unprecedented symbolic gesture offered with the intention of creating a bridge of peaceful dialogue across religious borders. According to AFP via Ma’an, Abbas said […]

27 May

Palestine Today 05 26 2014

May 27, 2014 12:23 AM IMEMC & Agencies Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 3 m 31s || 3.23 MB || Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for Monday May 26th, 2014. Israeli settlers attack farms in northern West Bank meanwhile the Israeli government approve more […]

25 May

Activists Prevent Israeli Company From Painting Over Apartheid Wall for Papal Visit

Workers from an Israeli construction company were stopped by protesters, on Friday, as they were painting a section of the massive so-called ‘separation barrier’ which is to extend approximately 430 miles througout the West Bank region upon completion.The workers were painting, in white, over a part of the wall and […]

24 May

Israelis Write Anti-Christian Graffiti On Church Wall In Be’er as-Sabe’

[Saturday, May 24, 2014] As the Pope is launching his visit to the region, a number of Israeli vandals wrote racist graffiti, against Christianity and Jesus Christ, on a wall of a church near the entrance of the Old Town of Beersheba (Be’er as-Sabe’).Local Palestinians in the area said the […]

24 May

This Week in Palestine Week 21 2014

May 24, 2014 12:30 AM IMEMC & Agencies Audio report, Palestine 0

Click on Link to download or play MP3 file || 7 m 23s || 6.76 MB || Welcome to this Week in Palestine, a service of the International Middle East Media Center,, for May 17th to the 23rd, 2014. Two Palestinian workers were killed at their Israeli workplace. Meanwhile […]

15 May

Israel Denies Sovereignty Deal with Vatican

Israel says that it has ‘no intention’ of giving the Vatican sovereignty over a Jerusalem holy site, amid protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews which are marking Pope Francis’ upcoming visit.’Contrary to rumors in Israel, there is no intention to transfer to the Vatican sovereignty or ownership on the Tomb of David […]

08 May

Catholic Church Demands Israel Stop Hate Attacks

The Roman Catholic church has demanded Israeli action, after suspected Jewish vandals daubed hate graffiti on Vatican-owned offices in annexed East Jerusalem, just two weeks before a formal papal visit.Israeli Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said, according to Ma’an, that the Israeli government plans to use administrative detention against the […]

20 Sep

Dialogue on the Two World Systems

September 20, 2006 9:24 PM IMEMC & Agencies Miscellaneous, Opinion/Analysis, Palestine 0

It is essential to reflect on this background before one can comprehend the widespread outrage at Pope Benedict XVI's remarks in Germany. Imagine, for a moment, how much more enjoyable and tranquil our lives might be today had the US government pursued a thoughtful, prudent response to the terrorist attacks […]

15 Apr

Peace Marathon from Bethlehem to Jerusalem

Hundreds of Palestinians gathered at the Church of the Nativity square when the start of the Marathon for peace was announced on Thursday Morning. The Marathon ended at the Franciscan Monastery in Zion Mount in Jerusalem. At least one hundred Palestinian, Italian and Israeli runners joined the marathon that is […]