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Volume 45, Number 3
  
21 November 2012
J.D. Conor Mauro




Smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City on 20 November. (photo: CNS/Mohammed Salem, Reuters)

Pope Condemns escalating Gaza conflict, calls for truce (CNS) Pope Benedict XVI condemned escalating hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians, saying hatred and violence are never an appropriate solution to problems. He called for greater efforts to promote a truce and peace negotiations. “I am following with great concern the escalation of violence between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,” the pope said at the end of his general audience on 21 November. “Hatred and violence are not the solution to problems. ... I encourage the initiatives and efforts of those who are seeking to establish a cease-fire and to promote negotiations,” he said…

Christian leaders in the Holy Land: Support Palestine’s UN membership (PNN) A statement signed by 100 Holy Land Christian community and church leaders urges widespread support for UN membership for Palestine. “We believe the Palestine Liberation Organization’s initiative to enhance Palestine’s status in the United Nations to an Observer State is a positive, collective and moral step that will get us closer to freedom. This is a step in the right direction for the cause of a just peace in the region. We fully endorse this bid, just as we supported Palestine’s application for full membership of the United Nations a year ago.” Signatories include Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA’s regional director for Palestine and Israel…

Catholic and Muslim cooperation promotes justice (VIS) “Catholic and Muslim cooperation in promoting justice in the contemporary world” was the theme of the eighth Colloquium of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the Center for Interreligious Dialogue of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organisation (ICRO). The meeting was held in Rome from 19 to 21 November under the joint presidency of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and of Mohammad Bagher Korramshad, president of ICRO. A communique released today explains how the theme was divided into four subheadings, “from the point of view of Catholics and of Shi’i Muslims: (1) The concept of justice; (2) Justice for the human person; (3) Justice for the different constituents of society; and (4) Justice for the entire human family.” The English-language communique goes on: “Both sides expressed their awareness of and concern for current challenges, including the economic crisis, the environmental issue, the weakening of the family as a basic institution of society and threats to world peace”…

Carpatho-Rusyn Orthodox Church to install fifth bishop (Tribune-Democrat) The Right Reverend Gregory Tatsis, who is to be consecrated as the fifth bishop of the American Carpatho-Rusyn Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A., said he finds Johnstown to his liking. His ordination and installation will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Christ the Savior Cathedral. He replaces Metropolitan Nicholas Smisko, who died of cancer in March 2011. The celebrant and ordaining bishop is Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, representing Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople…

Egyptian Christian churches withdraw from creation of new constitution (Egypt Independent) On Saturday, Coptic Orthodox Bishop Pachomius, at that time the acting Coptic Orthodox pope, announced that the Egyptian churches were officially withdrawing their three members from the Constituent Assembly. Speaking at a press conference, Bishop Pachomius said that “the Egyptian churches [have] sensed discomfort at the trends that prevailed [while] drafting the constitutional provisions. The constitution ... in its current form does not meet the desired national consensus and does not reflect the pluralistic identity of Egypt, [which has been] entrenched across generations.” He added that the constitution in its current drafted form contradicts Egypt’s heritage and violates the rights and freedoms that Muslims and Christians have both fought for through the ages…



Tags: Egypt Gaza Strip/West Bank Palestine Israeli-Palestinian conflict Christian-Muslim relations