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Volume 44, Number 3
  
15 November 2012
Greg Kandra




In this 2011 image, Rosary Sister Nabila Saleh participates in Mass at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza. There are some 3,000 Christians in Gaza, of which a little more than 200 are Catholic. (photo: CNS/Paul Jeffrey)

Attacks resume in Gaza conflict (New York Times) Israel and Hamas widened their increasingly deadly conflict over Gaza on Thursday, as a militant rocket killed three civilians in an apartment block in this small southern town. The deaths are likely to lead Israel to intensify its military offensive on Gaza, now in its second day of airstrikes…

Aim of ecumenism is unity of divided Christians (VIS) The close ties between the work of evangelization and the need to overcome the divisions that still exist between Christians was the central theme of this morning’s address by the Holy Father to the members and consultors of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity on the occasion of their plenary assembly dedicated to “The importance of ecumenism in new evangelization” …

Russian Orthodox Church plans to increase presence in Holy Land (RIA) The Russian Orthodox Church will encourage pilgrims to travel to Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan to thereby widen its presence in the region, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said at the end of his five-day visit there. Some of the events on his visit agenda were “aimed at increasing the presence of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Holy Land,” Patriarch Kirill said on Wednesday while summing up the visit…

Comboni nun works to help Eritreans en route to Israel (CNS) Comboni Sister Azezet Kidane is fluent in Amharic, Arabic, Sudanese and Tigrit dialects, so she was a natural choice when a shelter for African refugees needed help. It was only after the nun, known as Sister Aziza, began conducting interviews with Eritrean refugees that she realized the people she was talking to had been tortured. “It is a horror story, what is happening,” she told Catholic News Service from the African Refugee Development Center’s shelter for single mothers and pregnant women in a low-income neighborhood of Tel Aviv…

Toronto’s interfaith director honored (Catholic Register) For Christian-Jewish Dialogue of Toronto, talk is precious and deserves to be honored. With those values front and center, the 50-year-old organization will honor two people who have fostered conversations about faith, trust and our future together. Christian-Jewish Dialogue will fete Franciscan Friar of the Atonement Father Damian MacPherson and Holocaust Education Centre operations manager Mary Siklos at a 26 November dinner in Toronto. Cardinal Thomas Collins will be the keynote speaker for the dinner at the Adath Israel Congregation. For MacPherson, dialogue with Jews is precisely how we are called to be Catholic. “[Dialogue] is not a choice we can arbitrarily make. It has become a responsibility we must assume,” he said. “The Church can only fully be the Church if it’s faithful to its Jewish roots. Knowing the texts is not sufficient. Knowing the people who believe and have preserved the texts, knowing the covenant, is what we’re called to” …



Tags: Gaza Strip/West Bank Holy Land Ecumenism Israeli-Palestinian conflict Russian Orthodox Church