Search Results for : theophilos

04 Aug

Church Leaders Express Concern over Jewish Nation-State Law

Heads of churches in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories have reacted with dismay and concern to the Israeli Knesset’s adoption, on 19 July, 2018, of a new Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People, which specifies that “The right to exercise national self-determination in the State […]

25 Feb

Updated: Church of the Holy Sepulcher Closes in Protest of Israeli Policies

Jerusalem’s Christian leaders, Sunday, decided to close the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in the old City of Jerusalem, in protest of Israel’s tax policy and a proposed land appropriation law. Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, in the name of all of Jerusalem’s Churches’ leaders and Patriarchs, announced in a […]

15 Jan

Central Council: Orthodox Christian Property Sales are Documented

The Central Council of the Orthodox Christians in Jordan and Palestine said, on Sunday, that it has documents proving that strategic properties of Patriarchate in Jerusalem had been sold to Israel. In a letter sent to the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), the Orthodox Christian body said that the documents also […]

07 Jan

VIDEO: Palestinian Christians Protest Patriarch Who Sold Church Land to Israel

Palestinian Christians from around the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Israel came out in harsh opposition, Saturday, to a visit by Greek Orthodox Church Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, to the southern occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem. Theophilos III, along with several other religious and political figures, were […]

07 Jan

Orthodox Leaders Arrive in Bethlehem for Beginning of Christmas Celebration

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III arriving in Bethlehem for Christmas celebrations. (WAFA photos/Ahmed Mizher)  Orthodox churches celebrating Christmas according to the Eastern calendar completed, on Saturday, their arrival at the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, marking the start of Christmas celebrations. The Syrian Orthodox Patriarchal Vicar of the Holy Land […]

09 Sep

Jerusalem: Palestinians Protest Sale of Greek Orthodox Property

Members of the Greek Orthodox Church in Palestine protesting in Jerusalem against sale of church property. (WAFA photo/Afif Amireh)   Hundreds of Palestinian Christians and Muslims demonstrated Saturday, at Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, against a sale of church property by the Greek Orthodox patriarch, according to WAFA correspondence. The […]

14 Aug

Patriarch: Court Ruling on Church Property Politically Motivated

Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III said, Sunday, that a two-week old Israeli District Court ruling upholding a 99-year lease of church property in Jerusalem’s Old City, to Jewish settler organizations, is politically motivated. Theophilos said, at a press conference in the Jordanian capital of Amman, that this legal battle, which […]

17 Apr

As Christians Around the World Celebrate Easter in Jerusalem, Palestinian Christians Are Barred from Attending

Thousands of Christian followers of the Orthodox and Catholic faiths from all over the world, gathering at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem’s Old City, celebrated Easter Holy Saturday with the emergence of the holy fire from the location of the tomb believed to be that ofJesus Christ. […]

30 Dec

Ashrawi: Greek Orthodox Patriarch Well Informed on Israeli Religious Violations

PLO Executive Committee Member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, on Thursday, expressed concerns regarding the statement of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, who recently praised Israel for being a “democracy” that “respects freedom of worship.” In an official statement, Ashrawi said that “Theophilos III is very well informed of […]

06 Jan

01/06/15: Christmas in Bethlehem for Eastern Church Denominations

January 6, 2016 10:07 PM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Eastern Christian denominations following the Orthodox calendar, on Wednesday, welcomed archbishops and patriarchs to celebrate Christmas Eve outside the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, at the Nativity Church, in Bethlehem.Hundreds of Palestinians affiliated to the Orthodox, Assyrian, Coptic and Ethiopian churches arrived on Manger Square to mark the occasion. Jiries […]

09 Nov

Church Leaders Express Concern Over Escalation of Violence in Jerusalem

On November 6, 2014, Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem published a statement expressing their unease with the recent outbreak of violence and rapid deterioration of the situation in the Holy City. They have also called for the respect of the Status Quo, according to the PNN, especially on […]

06 Aug

Netanyahu Forms Committee To Enlist Christians In the Army

August 6, 2013 10:04 AM Saed Bannoura Israel, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

In a serious escalation of the Israeli attempts to divide the Arab community in the country, and amidst massive objections, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, ordered the formation of a special committee to recruit Arab Palestinian Christians in the country to the Israeli military. Netanyahu and a number of Christian […]

07 Jan

Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem

January 7, 2012 3:14 PM Saed Bannoura Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

Christmas celebrations for the Orthodox community got underway in Bethlehem on Friday, January 6th, which marks Christmas Eve for Orthodox Christians around the world. Bishops, patriarchs, political leaders and pilgrims arrived in the city to celebrate the holiday.Over 2,000 scouts from all over the West Bank arrived with their marching […]

07 Jan

Bethlehem celebrates Orthodox Christmas, local Christians protest at the Manger Square

January 7, 2010 1:57 AM Ghassan Bannoura Bethlehem, Miscellaneous, News Report 0

Scores flocked on Wednesday to the Manger Square in the southern West Bank city of Bethlehem celebrating Christmas according to the Gregorian calender. As the Greek Orthodox Church leader, Patriarch Theophilos III, made his way to the nativity church local Palestinian orthodox Christians protested his visit. The gathered crowed holding […]

05 Jan

Leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church Faces Boycott at Christmas

January 5, 2010 3:25 AM IMEMC & Agencies Bethlehem, Holy sites, News Report 0

13 members of the Greek Orthodox church in Palestine will boycott the Patriarch over accusations of leasing land to an Israeli development company.With the Greek Orthodox Christmas approaching on January 7th, thirteen leading members of the church in Palestine have decided to boycott the reception of the Patriarch, Theophilos III. […]

08 Jul

Christian Churches in Jerusalem: Stop the violence and pursue a just peace!

July 8, 2006 7:14 PM IMEMC & Agencies Cartoon, Jerusalem, Miscellaneous 0

A statement by Christian leaders issued Saturday stated, "Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands at a distance; for truth stumbles in the public square, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and whoever turns from evil is despoiled. The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was […]