During an Easter meeting between the churches of Jerusalem at the Latin Patriarchate, the Heads of Churches delivered a series of greetings, in which they spoke of the two disciples journeying on the road to Emmaus: “When they were tired and had no hope after Christ death, the Saviour appeared to them telling them not to be afraid”.
Christians celebrating Easter at the site where they believe Jesus rose from the dead, as well as fellow believers in other parts of the world, heard about the violence targeting followers of Christ in many places.
A Bethlehem-area monastery that was slated to be split in half by the Israeli Annexation Wall has won its appeal in the Israeli High Court, according to a report by Celine Hagbard of the International Middle East Media Centre. The decision comes after a nine year struggle that involved multiple court cases and non-violent direct action to save the monastery.
The Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum (PIEF) was launched by the WCC in 2007 to catalyze and co-ordinate new and existing church advocacy for peace, aimed at ending the illegal occupation of Palestinian territories in accordance with UN resolutions, and demonstrate its commitment to inter-religious action for peace and to justice that serves all peoples of the region.
PIEF acts to
- challenge government support for the occupation
- challenge public support for the occupation
- challenge theological and biblical justifications for the occupation and
- maintain viable the Palestinian Christian presence in the Holy Land.