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bullet 31.8.2005: Discovering Seeds of Peace in the Holy Land
Journalist Rosangela Vegetti's trip to the Holy Land, which she described as an "ecumenical path of peace to Jerusalem," led to a book. (Zenit)

bullet 31.8.2005: Vatican-Israeli Row Simmers Down
It was nothing more than "a tempest in a teacup," said the apostolic nuncio to Israel when describing Israel's recent diplomatic incident with the Holy See. (Zenit)

bullet 30.8.2005: A group of eight young Christian Israelis have participated in the XX World Day of Youth
They were led by Fr. Apollinare.  The young people visited Strasbourg, and then they were received in Germany at Gernsbach and Unkel, from where they went to take part in the Prayer Vigil and in the Papal Mass at the large open space of Marienfeld at Cologne. (CTS News)

bullet 30.8.2005: A shared experience between young Palestinians, Israelis and Japanese
Twelve young Israelis and Palestinians, aged 16 to 19, journeyed to Japan between 29 July and 12 August 2005, to be present at Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the celebrations commemorating the 60th anniversary of the destruction of these cities by the atom bomb. (CTS News)

bullet 24.8.2005: Theophilous as the new Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem
On August 22, 2005 the Greek Orthodox Synod of Jerusalem unanimously elected Bishop Theophilous as the new Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, to succeed the former patriarch Irenios I. (CTS News)

bullet24.8.2005: Cardinal Pell on What Sydney Can Offer Looks Ahead to World Youth Day 2008
Cardinal George Pell and a group of 2,300 young Australian pilgrims expressed their joy over Benedict XVI's announcement that Sydney will be the host city for World Youth Day 2008. (Zenit)

bullet23.8.2005: Jerusalem: the Greek-Orthodox Synod appoints Theophilus as new patriarch
The unanimously elected Greek-Orthodox Patriarch “will help the patriarchate to face and overcome the crisis created by Ireneos I”. The reactions of Jordan and Israel are as yet unknown. (Asia News)

bullet22.8.2005: Benedict XVI's Address at World Youth Day Vigil
COLOGNE, Germany, AUG. 20, 2005 - Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave at this evening's vigil at World Youth Day. (Zenit)

bullet19.8.2005: The MusicDanceTheater clara.francesco will be performed during the World Youth Day
The group of dancers, musicians and theologians first met over a year ago. They felt the need to tell the story of St. Francis and St. Clare and their commitment to a peaceful and meaningful life in a different way.

bullet18.8.2005: Pope saddened by the death of “Dear Brother Roger”
At the end of today’s catechesis in Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI paid homage to Brother Roger, who was killed yesterday in Taizé (eastern France). The Bishops’ Conference of Germany and the whole World Youth Day community joins the Pope in expressing their sorrow at the tragic event. (AsiaNews)

bullet17.8.2005: New Settlement Puts Pressure on Jerusalem Palestinians
In this West Bank village annexed by Israel, the future, upscale settlement of Nof Zion is big, close and ominous. (NewStandard)

bullet17.8.2005: Israelis, Arabs reunite at peace camp during Gaza withdrawal
Israelis and Arabs attending a camp reunion in the woods of Maine are keeping an eye on the Gaza Strip, where a move is being made toward peace in the Middle East. (CBS2Chicago)

bullet16.8.2005: Evangelical Lutherans Pass Policy Denouncing Israeli Wall
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Saturday became the latest in the string of Protestant churches denouncing the Israeli wall that is being built on the West Bank. (Christian Today)

bullet16.8.2005: Taybeh October Fest in Palestine
Scheduled for October 1 and 2, 2005, in the small village of Taybeh, the Palestinian October Fest aims to boost the economy by inviting people to come and purchase beer, olive oil, maftoul (couscous), honey, vigil lamps, soap, embroidery, olive wood products, and various art crafts and to enjoy a special day of food, fun, music and the beautiful hills of Taybeh. (AMIN)

bullet15.8.2005: Michel Sabah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, on 50th Anniversary of his Ordination as a Priest. Press Conference
Michel Sabah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, had not planned to mark the 50th anniversary of his ordination as a priest this way. This week, on his return from a visit to the United States, where the Palestinian-Christian community held celebrations in his honor, he set out for Shfaram to comfort the families of the four people killed there last week, two of whom were Christian. (Palestine Media Center)

bullet13.8.2005: Two young Iraqi men stranded in Jordan on their way to Cologne
The two left Mosul on Sunday but are waiting in Jordan for a German visa. Their arrival for the WYD remains uncertain; papers might be ready only after August 16. (Asia News)

bullet 12.7.2005: Brazil present in Holy Land
Canção Nova Community with its headquarter in Cachoeira Paulista – SP – Brazil, has four mission houses around the world: Italy, Portugal , United States of America and France, started its mission in the Holy Land on March 19. (CTS News)

bullet12.8.2005: Pool of Siloam: More Information
A press conference by the Biblical Archaeology Society is announcing the discovery of the Pool of Siloam. But it's been more than a year since the pool was initially discovered. Indeed, much has been found since the initial report a year ago. (BiblePlaces)

bullet12.8.2005: Jesus in Islam and Judeo Christian Tradition
Why would the Sages use a code word for Jesus of Nazareth? Only those inside the circle of Talmud believers would understand. (Magic City Morning Star - USA)

bullet12.8.2005: WYD 2005: Mexican-Lebanese youths in Cologne and in search of their roots
Around 6,000 Lebanese youths are headed for the World Youth Day in Cologne. Among them are 25 young Mexicans of Lebanese-Maronite origin. Before the big meeting in Germany, the youths have been invited to visit their country of origin to discover the message inherent in cohabitation between Muslims and Christians. (AsiaNews)

bullet11.8.2005: Two recent excavations uncover ancient water systems
Monumental water system of biblical times uncovered by archeologists. Last year Kh. Soba, near Jerusalem, received world-wide attention with the discovery of a cave said to have been used by John the Baptist. Sections of the Shiloah-Siloam Pool (mentioned in the Book of Nehemiah and in the Gospel of John) are being uncovered now in Jerusalem. (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

bullet11.8.2005: Dig backs biblical account of Philistine city of Gat
New evidence regarding the bitter end of Gat, the largest and most important Philistine city, was recently unearthed at a dig at Tel Zafit, in the Lachish region. According to Kings II (12:18), Gat was conquered by King Hazael of Aram. Findings at the dig support the biblical version of Gat's demise as described in Kings II. (Haaretz)

bullet10.8.2005: Away from the Holy Land
Finnish-born David Strasburg lives in the Gaza Strip in a Jewish settlement that will soon be emptied. He plans to move to the West Bank, because he can further the cause of the Jews there as well. (Helsingin Sanomat)

bullet9.8.2005: Thousands of Koreans to March for Peace in Jerusalem
Wednesday’s Rally Scheduled Ahead of Upcoming Israeli-Palestinian Disengagement. Leading the second annual procession from Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood to Bethlehem will be a contingent of close to 3,000 Korean Christians who are in Israel to express solidarity with Israelis and Palestinians. (The Epoch Times)

bullet7.8.2005: King David's fabled palace: Is this it?
An Israeli archeologist says she has uncovered in east Jerusalem what she believes may be the fabled palace of the biblical King David. (IHT)

bullet6.8.2005: Thousands attend funerals of victims of Shfaram shooting
Tens of thousands of people attended the funerals Friday of the four victims killed in a shooting attack carried out by a Jewish gunman on a bus in Shfaram on Thursday. The Vatican's representative in Israel, Bishop Pietro Sambi, passed on the condolences of the Vatican and the Pope. (Haaretz)

bullet5.8.2005: Art prankster sprays Israeli wall
Secretive "guerrilla" artist Banksy has decorated Israel's controversial West Bank barrier with satirical images of life on the other side. (BBC)

bullet5.8.2005: Pope John Paul II Cultural Center and HCEF Honor the Patriarch of Jerusalem
On August 5th, the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center and the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) will host a luncheon to honor His Beatitude, Michel Sabbah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. (HCEF)

bullet5.8.2005: The potentially terrible power of holy places
While locations that have acquired numinous qualities help people find a place in the world, sacred spaces have emerged as an explosive political issue. (Taipei Times)

bullet5.8.2005: Israeli 'wall' violates rights: UN experts
The barrier Israel is building to seal off the West Bank is a violation of Israel's human rights obligations, a group of UN experts said Thursday. The eight rights experts called on Israel “to stop construction of the wall” and to pay compensation to Palestinians (The Globe and Mail)

bullet4.8.2005: Head of Interfaith Group Denounces Remarks
“As The head of an interfaith group active in improving Catholic-Jewish relations said Sunday he wrote to Pope Benedict XVI to distance himself from Israeli remarks that fueled a dispute with the Vatican over papal pronouncements on terrorism. (Leading the Charge)

bullet4.8.2005: Against terrorism and its causes
“As the Pope always warned: violence leads to more violence. Once again the majority of the people will be helpless victims of an aggression with which they cannot identify”: Fr Eugenio Elías, IVE, missionary in Egypt. (Fides)

bullet4.8.2005: Bishops and Patriarchs send their best wishes to King Abdullah and mourn King Fahd
Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir and the Bishops of the Maronite Church as well as Greek-Melkite Patriarch Gregorios Laham III have sent their best wishes to Abdullah, the new Saudi king. (AsiaNews)

bullet3.8.2005: Shabibeh Report
Laura Fabrycky, the Holy Land Christian Collage Community (HCCC) Representative, accompanied Rateb Rabie, president of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to various meetings he had arranged with Christian leaders in Jerusalem, Nazareth, and in the West Bank. (HCEF)

bullet3.8.2005: Royal Seal Unearthed in City of David
A royal seal dating to the period of the First Temple has been found in an archeological dig in the City of David, adjacent to the Old City of Jerusalem. The seal’s inscription has the name of Jehudi, son of Shelemiah, one of the top officials in the court of the last Judean king - Cf. Jer 36:14-26. (IsraelNN)

bullet2.8.2005: The Church in Iraq does not give in to terrorism
A year ago terrorist attacks were carried out against five churches—St Paul’s Church in Mosul was one of them. Today the Chaldean Bishop celebrated a mass to commemorate the event. “The Church is much better today: we have learnt to put into practice values like forgiveness”. (Asia News)

bullet2.8.2005: Exploding the "Hitler's Pope" mith
Bravo to Rabbi David Dalin for brilliantly and boldly refuting John Cornwell's contemptuous and contemptible book about Pope Pius XII, Hitler's Pope: The Secret History of Pius XII. (Mich News)

bullet1.8.2005: Israeli Bulldozers Destroy Remains of Byzantium Church in Gaza
Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities revealed Wednesday that Israeli Occupation Forces destroyed a very important archeological site south of Gaza. He also mentioned that the construction of the Apartheid Wall causes the destruction of a lot of ancient sites. (WAFA)

bullet1.8.2005: Fr Jaeger: Israel - Holy See, a very profound crisis which Sharon could resolve
The Israeli Franciscan, an expert in relations between Israel and the Holy See, denounces the cause of the crisis and proposes steps to be taken by Sharon and the Church. (Asia News)

bullet1.8.2005: Ancient Tiberias reveals more of its beauty
Excavations this year focused on the city's basilica complex, which was first discovered several years ago and is identified with the seat of the Sanhedrin, the ancient supreme Jewish religious authority. (EurekAlert)

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