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July, 2019
Volume 45, Number 2
  
21 March 2017
J.D. Conor Mauro




A Palestinian woman, pictured from the West Bank village of Deir Ballut, farms a field in front of the Israeli Jewish settlement of Peduel. (photo: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP/Getty Images)

Small farmers struggle worldwide, but Palestinian farmers really have it rough (Washington Post) Palestinian farmer Fawzi Ibrahim is proud of his heirloom corn, whose kernels ripen in iridescent shades of red, blue and gold like jewels. But what makes it priceless are the obstacles he faces to grow his crops. Small farmers struggle worldwide. But international experts say Palestinian farmers face disabling odds in the 60 percent of the West Bank that is under full Israeli control and is home to some 400,000 Jewish settlers. As settler agricultural start-ups get prioritized access to water, export markets and development rights, the Israeli occupation is roiling the centuries-old pastoral life of Palestinian farmers, experts say, adding fuel to a conflict in which land is a trigger…

CNEWA cofounder takes a step toward sainthood (Catholic News Agency) The Catholic convert who founded the Society of the Atonement and cofounded CNEWA, Father Paul Wattson, S.A., could be one step closer to recognition as a saint. “Father Paul started a small week of prayer on the top of a mountain in Garrison, and now it’s a worldwide movement,” Father Brian Terry, S.A., the minister general for the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, told the Catholic New York newspaper…

Chaldean Patriarchate: Diaspora must take charge of the shortage of priests (Fides) Many of the Chaldean communities of the diaspora are asking their patriarchate to send priests for pastoral care. Because the pastoral care of communities present in the cradle of the Chaldean Church remains a high priority, the Chaldean Patriarchate cannot send priests working at the service of the dioceses in Iraq overseas. For this reason, the communities of the diaspora, with their bishops, are urged to take steps to address the problem of the shortage of priestly vocations at a local level…

Assyrians may never be able to return to Mosul (AINA) More than 100,000 Christians were forced to flee Mosul in Iraq when ISIS invaded in 2014. And as the Battle for Mosul reaches its final stages some Christians have attempted to return to the city. But a vicar, whose church 50 miles away in Erbil cares for hundreds of Christian families who left their homes, has warned a huge danger remains. Father Daniel says the terror cult’s destructive ideology has already spread to the next generation, sparking fears ISIS will continue their chilling campaign to boot Christians out of the Middle East…

Ancient palace emerges from under Mosul shrine destroyed by ISIS (Al Monitor) The capture of the shrine of the prophet Yunus in Mosul on 19 January from ISIS, whose fighters rigged the shrine and blew it up 24 July 2014, revealed the extent of the destruction inflicted by the militants. On 28 February, archaeologists uncovered a palace beneath it, intact since 600 B.C. The palace highlights the significant historical value of the site, dating back to the Assyrian Empire, which emerged centuries before the Christian era…

Legendary tomb of Jesus resurrected (Christian Science Monitor) After centuries of disrepair, one of Christianity’s holiest sites returns to life. Believed by the devout to house the final resting place of Jesus Christ, Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre will open to the public on Wednesday after nearly a year of restoration. An ongoing dispute between the religious groups controlling the site had brought the burial place, known as the Edicule, to the brink of collapse. “We are at the critical moment for rehabilitating the Edicule,” director of the restoration Antonia Moropoulou told National Geographic. “The techniques we’re using to document this unique monument will enable the world to study our findings as if they themselves were in the tomb of Christ…”



Tags: Iraq CNEWA Palestine Saints Historical site/city