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Newsletter - November 2017

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New Apostolic Nuncio Leopoldo Girelli presents credentials to President Rivlin

 JERUSALEM – Today, November 29, 2017, H.E. Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, new Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, presented his credentials to Israeli president Reuven Rivlin at the President's residence.

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Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations meet with Christian Youth and Christian institutions in Gaza

Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations meet with Christian Youth and Christian institutions in Gaza

GAZA – For their 2nd meeting since 2014, four members of the Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations (CCAO) met with the Christian Youth in Gaza on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. The meeting was an occasion for the youth, aged 18- 35, to talk about their ambitions and needs as well as their daily struggles in the Strip.

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Interview with Fr. Rafic Nahra, the new Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics

Interview with Fr. Rafic Nahra, the new Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics

JERUSALEM - Father Rafic Nahra is the new Coordinator for the pastoral care of migrants and Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics of the Vicariate of St. James in Israel. In an interview with TerraSanta.net, he speaks about his career and his new responsibilities.

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The Pastoral Office holds its third meeting in Jerusalem

The Pastoral Office holds its third meeting in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM - On Friday, November 17, 2017, the Pastoral office in Israel and Palestine held its third meeting in Jerusalem, during which the topics of the family pastoral project were discussed.

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The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth celebrate feast of their founder and jubilee of Sr. Faustyna Kamzol

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth celebrate feast of their founder and jubilee of Sr. Faustyna Kamzol

NAZARETH - On Saturday, November 17, 2017, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth celebrated the feast of their founder Blessed Maria Franciszka Siedliska, and the 25th jubilee of Sr. Faustyna Kamzol during a solemn Mass presided by Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, and concelebrated by Fr. Hanna Kildani, in the presence of HB Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah and a number of friends in Nazareth.

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Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish in Beit Jala celebrates the feast of Mary Alphonsine and the Palestinian Heritage Day

Our Lady of the Annunciation Parish in Beit Jala celebrates the feast of Mary Alphonsine and the Palestinian Heritage Day

BEIT JALA - On Sunday, November 19, 2017, and on the occasion of the feast of Saint Marie Alphonsine Gattas; the daughter of Palestine and the founder of the Rosary Sisters, Our Lady of Annunciation church in Beit Jala celebrated a solemn Mass presided by parish priest Fr. Hanna Massad and concelebrated by Fr. Issa Hijazeen and Deacon Ala’ Ba’eer. Moreover, parishioners celebrated the Palestinian Heritage day and Olive harvest season.

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Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews meets with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel

Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews meets with the Chief Rabbinate of Israel

JERUSALEM – On November 12-14, 2017, the 15th meeting of the Bilateral Commission of the Delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, took place in Jerusalem in presence of Cardinal Turkson, Chairman of the Catholic delegation, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, and several rabbis, among them the rabbis Rasson Arussi and David Rosen.
Below is the full text of the declaration issued at the end of the meeting. The main theme: The Orthodox Jewish document presented on August 31, 2017, to Pope Francis in the Vatican, entitled “Between Jerusalem and Rome”.

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Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa presides over a solemn Mass in Tabgha

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa presides over a solemn Mass in Tabgha

TABGHA - On Saturday, November 11, 2017, and on the occasion of the feast of Multiplication of Loaves and Fish, H.E. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, presided over a Mass in the Church of Multiplication in Tabgha in Galilee.

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Fr. Yacoub Rafidi defends PhD’s thesis in Church History at Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome

Fr. Yacoub Rafidi defends PhD’s thesis in Church History at Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome

ROME - On Wednesday, November 15 , 2017, Fr. Yacoub Rafidi, Rector of the Latin Patriarchate Seminary in Beit Jala defended his doctoral thesis entitled “Catholic Pilgrimage in the Holy Land (1799 - 1914)” at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

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The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries meet at Maison d’Abraham

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries meet at Maison d’Abraham

JERUSALEM – the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land met on November 8-9, 2017, at Maison d’Abraham. Here follows an account of the meeting.

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Carmelites celebrate 125th anniversary of the foundation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery in Haifa

Carmelites celebrate 125th anniversary of the foundation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Monastery in Haifa

GALILEE - On Saturday, November 5, 2017, the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel celebrated the 125th anniversary of the foundation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel during a Mass presided by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate, at Stella Maris Monastery in Haifa.

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