Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Courtesy Israel Ministry of Tourism.

US bishop: Political will lacking, but Holy Land wants peace

Oct 1, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Christians and Muslims are coexisting peacefully in Israel and Palestine, but the political will for peace is not yet there,... Read more

Fr. David Neuhaus, Patriarchal vicar for Hebrew speaking Catholics, speaks with CNA August 28, 2014.

Jerusalem priest to Israel, Palestine: Humanize one another

Aug 29, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following the agreement of an indefinite ceasefire in Gaza earlier this week, a key priest in Jerusalem says the only... Read more

(L-R) Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli president Shimon Peres, and Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, June 8, 2014.

Interreligious leaders call for two-state solution in Holy Land

Aug 15, 2014

By Matt Hadro

More than 30 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders in the United States called for a two-state solution to the Israel-Gaza... Read more

Votive candles in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel.

Franciscans determined to keep Christianity in Holy Land

Aug 13, 2014

Despite the stresses of alternating violence and ceasefires between Hamas and Israel, Franciscans in the Holy Land are committed to... 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

Gaza hit by Israeli airstrikes.

Amid violence, priest opts to stay with parishioners in Gaza

Jul 20, 2014

Argentinean priest Father Jorge Hernandez, pastor of Holy Family Parish in the Gaza strip, has decided to stay with his... 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

Palestinian soldier stands guard duing Pope Francis' May 25, 2014 Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square.

Pope Francis makes phone call to Israel, Palestine presidents

Jul 18, 2014

By Elise Harris

In wake of the rising death toll in Gaza due to increased tensions between Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis made... Read more

Jerusalem. Photo

Violence begets violence, Church leaders in Holy Land declare

Jul 9, 2014

By Elise Harris

In a declaration issued by the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land, Church leaders decried ongoing violence in the region,... Read more

Bishop William Shomali, Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem, speaks with CNA May, 26 2014.

Revenge only perpetuates violence, Jerusalem bishop observes

Jul 2, 2014

By Elise Harris

In wake of escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine following the murder of three Israeli teens, Bishop William Shomali has... Read more

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Vatican grieves deaths of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers

Jun 30, 2014

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi released a statement voicing Pope Francis' condolences over three kidnapped Israeli teenagers found dead on... Read more

(L-R) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Invocation for Peace in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

Vatican prayer meeting brings hope for Holy Land peace

Jun 10, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Pope Francis’ recent prayer meeting with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents is a call for peace in the region that... Read more

(L-R) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Invocation for Peace in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

Pope prays for peace with Israeli and Palestinian presidents

Jun 8, 2014

Pope Francis welcomed the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican on Sunday evening for an unprecedented meeting of... Read more

Pope Francis praying.

Palestinian, Israeli leaders to pray with Pope at Vatican June 8

May 29, 2014

An encounter among Pope Francis, the Palestinian president, and the Israeli president at the Vatican to pray for peace in... Read more

(L-R) Nagib Kasbary, Naor Bitton, and Lubna Alzaroo take part in the panel on Religious Freedom and Human Rights at CUA on Sept 9, 2013.

Youth call education key in solving Israel-Palestine conflict

Sep 12, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Education and interpersonal interaction offer the best hope for change in the situation between Israel and Palestine despite challenges facing... Read more


US bishops support nuclear disarmament, Middle East peace efforts

Jul 2, 2013

In a letter to President Barack Obama, two leaders of the U.S. bishops voiced support for continued efforts towards nuclear... Read more

Palestinian Christians attend Mass in the Cremisan Valley February 8, 2013 to protest the route of Israel's barrier.

US bishops oppose re-routing of Israel-Palestine separation wall

May 8, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

The U.S. bishops have criticized an Israeli plan to re-route a separation wall through the Cremisan Valley in the West... Read more


US called on to support two-state solution in Palestine

Jan 29, 2013

A group of 30 Christian, Muslim, and Jewish religious leaders signed a statement urging the Obama administration to work for... Read more


US called on to lead in Israel-Palestine peace efforts

Jan 12, 2013

By Michelle La Rosa

Religious leaders from across the United States asked the Obama administration to make peace efforts between Israel and Palestine a... Read more

Bethlehem Church of the Nativity grotto.

Amid struggle, Palestinian Christians look ahead to Christmas

Dec 18, 2012

Armed conflicts and a decline in tourists and pilgrims from overseas will cause difficulties for Palestinian Christians, but they will... Read more