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Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Regina Caeli address on May 14, 2023.

Pope Francis prays for cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians

May 14, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope spoke hours after a truce between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) militants in Gaza went into... Read more

Four Israeli families who have been fighting to see their children for eight and a half years met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Dec. 21, 2022. Two young men are still alive, kidnapped by Hamas. Two others died, but their bodies were not returned, thus preventing a proper burial, one of the Jewish mitzvahs. Three are Jews, and one is Muslim.

Families of Israeli captives in Gaza Strip appeal to Pope Francis

Jan 8, 2023

By Andrea Gagliarducci

When Pope Francis once again launched the appeal for peace in the Holy Land, he probably had in his eyes... Read more

Theodosios (Atallah Hanna), the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia, delivers a speech during a demonstration in Beit Jala in the West Bank May 17, 2021 to express solidarity with Gaza and Sheikh Jarah. Credit: Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images.

Gaza's only Catholic priest calls Israel-Gaza violence 'extremely serious'

May 17, 2021

By Blanca Ruiz

The sole Catholic priest in the Gaza Strip has warned of the severity of the recent violence between Israel and... Read more

A bishop of the Holy Land Coordination surveys the construction of the separation wall in Palestine's Cremisan Valley, Jan. 17, 2017.

Bishops reiterate need for direct Israel-Palestine negotiations if there is to be peace

Jan 24, 2021

A group of Christian leaders who advocate for the Holy Land this week reiterated a call for Israeli and Palestinian... Read more

Palestinian family in refugee camp.

Why are Christians leaving Palestinian territories?

Jun 19, 2020

By Matt Hadro

A new survey of Palestinian Christians reveals that many not only fear economic hardship and the annexation of their land,... Read more

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the US Military Archdiocese says Mass at the Holy Family Latin Parish in Gaza with the Holy Land Coordination, Jan. 12, 2020.

Bishops visiting Holy Land ask for application of international law

Jan 17, 2020

Following a trip to the Holy Land, a group of bishops from the United States and Europe called on their... Read more

A Palestinian girl in Gaza City Jan. 9, 2020.

Gaza Exodus: Helping Christians caught in a crisis

Jan 14, 2020

By Courtney Mares

With fewer than 1,000 Christians in a population of 1.8 million, the Christian population in Palestine’s Gaza Strip today is... Read more

Children amid destroyed buildings in Gaza.

CRS welcomes senators' call for humanitarian funding to West Bank, Gaza

Apr 17, 2019

Catholic Relief Services was among 18 organizations that have welcomed the introduction of a Senate Resolution calling on the Trump... Read more

The Gaza-Israel border.

Catholic leaders condemn use of disproportionate force at Gaza-Israel border

May 16, 2018

By Courtney Mares

During his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis lamented the latest violence in the Israeli-Palestine conflict, expressing his distress that the region... Read more

Children amid devastated buildings in Gaza.

As Palestinian Christians flee Gaza, priest expresses grave concern

Apr 9, 2018

In the past six years the number of Christians in the Gaza Strip has plummeted from 4,500 to just 1,000,... Read more

(L-R) Orthodox Archbishop Alexios, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, and Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco view the Orthodox cemetery Nov. 4, 2014, that was hit by Israeli rockets.

How can you support Christians in the Holy Land? Go there.

Nov 16, 2014

If you’re looking for a way to support Christians in the Holy Land, consider making a pilgrimage, advises an Italian... Read more

Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See Dr. Zion Evrony speaks with CNA on May 20, 2014.

Religious leaders help build dialogue in conflict, ambassador says

Aug 7, 2014

By Elise Harris

Amid the ongoing war in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli ambassador to the Holy See lauded Pope Francis’ continued calls... Read more

An Israeli tank moves positions near the Israeli-Gaza border the morning of July 18, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. Late last night Israel sent troops into Gaza.

Despite Gaza violence, Catholic relief agency works for peace

Jul 18, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Though fighting has escalated between Israel and Palestinian militants based in the Gaza Strip, a Catholic Relief Services spokeswoman has... Read more

Indian migrants pray in the Holy Land.

Catholics in Holy Land pray for peace, reconciliation

Jul 11, 2014

Under the back and forth of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets, concerned Catholic migrants from India are praying for peace... Read more

Bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination visiting Rafah, on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, Jan. 2014.

International bishops call Gaza Christians a 'people of hope'

Jan 23, 2014

A group of bishops from around the world who visited the Gaza Strip this month has praised the “courageous” Christian... Read more