Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Catholic bishops lament setbacks for Holy Land peace, but call for a better path

May 25, 2019

Peace, mutual equality, and respect must be the foundation of progress in Israeli-Palestinian relations, despite continued setbacks, the Assembly of... 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

Vice President Mike Pence.

Pence in Israel: US is committed to persecuted Christians, peace process

Jan 23, 2018

By Courtney Mares

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed America’s commitment to both peace and persecuted Christians during his four-day trip to Israel... Read more

Boys play soccer on a basketball court in Jerusalem.

Christians in Holy Land voice fear over Trump's Jerusalem move

Dec 7, 2017

By Elise Harris

Christians leaders in Jerusalem have voiced fear over the repercussionss of America's recognition of the city as Israel's capital, asking... Read more

Old City Jerusalem.

On Israel-Palestine conflict, the Church cannot stay quiet, bishops say

May 18, 2017

The Catholic Church will speak out against injustice and avoid any attempt to normalize the “festering wound” of the Israeli-Palestinian... Read more

Don't move US embassy to Jerusalem, bishops ask Secretary of State

Feb 7, 2017

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires wise U.S. engagement to build a better future for both peoples, and this future could be... Read more

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

'We must never become accustomed' to the Holy Land occupation

Jan 20, 2017

The 50 year-long of occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza by Israel must be at the attention... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 12, 2016.

What's behind Pope Francis' meeting with the Palestinian president

Jan 11, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis' private audience with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas this Jan. 14 will be a delicate diplomatic moment for the... Read more

Shimon Peres.

Memory of Shimon Peres should inspire peace efforts, Pope says

Sep 28, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

Upon learning about the death of Shimon Peres Wednesday, Pope Francis sent a telegram offering his condolences and his appreciation... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica at the Vigil of Divine Mercy, April 2, 2016.

What the Holy See has to say about conflict in the Middle East

Jul 14, 2016

If peace is to be achieved in the Middle East, it will be a joint effort, requiring the cooperation of... Read more

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.

There's no alternative: help Israel and Palestine seek peace, archbishop tells UN

Feb 2, 2016

Peace was the focus of the Holy See's representative in a recent speech to the United Nations, where he renewed... Read more

US bishops visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during a 'peace pilgrimage', September 2014.

Keep working for peace, US bishops urge as Middle East crises continue

Jan 26, 2016

The multiple crises in the Middle East show the need for continued peacemaking and humanitarian efforts, the U.S. Catholic bishops... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Sept. 3, 2015.

Pope Francis to Israeli president: 'the challenge is to unite'

Sep 3, 2015

Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to... Read more

Children amid devastated buildings in Gaza.

Hope for Gaza? Despite a tough year, Catholic aid group says yes

Jul 23, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

One year after an outbreak of violence between the Israeli military and Hamas militants in Gaza, Catholic Relief Services is... Read more

Riad al-Malki, Palestine's foreign minister, signs the Comprehensive Agreement between the State of Palestine and the Holy See, June 26, 2015.

A hope for peace: Vatican, Palestine sign treaty protecting religious liberty

Jun 26, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The comprehensive agreement signed on Friday by the Holy See and the State of Palestine may serve the twofold goal... Read more

(L-R) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew meet in the Vatican, June 8, 2014.

Vatican and 'State of Palestine' agree to treaty safeguarding religious liberty

May 13, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Holy See and the State of Palestine have agreed on the text of a treaty regarding the life and... Read more

Mass said on the proposed site of an Israeli security wall in the West Bank's Cremisan Valley, Jan. 17, 2014.

Patriarch welcomes court's 'courageous' decision to block Israeli wall through West Bank

Apr 8, 2015

Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has praised an Israeli Supreme Court decision prohibiting the country's army from routing a security... Read more

Cross atop the seminary in Beit Jala, one of the Palestinina communities threatened by the Israeli security barrier.

Near Bethlehem, Israeli barrier threatens Christians' future

Feb 18, 2015

Palestinian Christians, a monastery, a convent and a Catholic school near Bethlehem are all at risk from the Israeli government’s... Read more

An Iraqi Christian refugee at a church shelter in Jordan, Oct. 28, 2014.

Can Christians survive the 'dirty games' of Middle East politics?

Jan 30, 2015

By Kevin J. Jones

Christians have lived in the Middle East since the time of the apostles, but political machinations by world powers and... Read more