American Jews are celebrating an Israeli government decision to greatly expand a pluralistic egalitarian prayer section adjacent to the Western Wall plaza as recognition of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism.
Anti-Christian slogans in Hebrew were discovered scrawled along the walls of the Benedictine Dormition Abbey monastery and Greek Orthodox seminary, on Mount Zion by the walls of the Old City.
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem condemned the vandalism of graves at the Salesians of Don Bosco Beit Jamal monastery outside Jerusalem, calling for respect toward people of different religious backgrounds.
Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal urged moderate celebrations of Christmas this year because of the current political situation, but he also called for an end to the arms trade.
Fighting in Jerusalem began again following the late-September visit of Israeli Agricultural Minister Uri Ariel to one of the smallest contested spots on earth.
Leaders of the European bishops' conferences expressed solidarity with people of the Middle East, especially those being forced from their homes, and called on European states to act generously, justly, and respectfully toward the influx of migrants and refugees now reaching their shores.
In a statement released Wednesday, the last day of their meeting in Jerusalem, the bishops said they met in the Holy Land to "renew their rootedness in Christ."
Israel’s 47 Christian schools are entering the second week of an open-ended strike to protest ongoing cuts in government allocations, which they attribute to government discrimination against minority religious groups.
The schools, 40 of them Catholic, teach 33,000 Christian and Muslim Arab students in central and northern Israel.
Jerusalem is hot, especially in the gym of the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Bilingual School for Jewish Arab Education. Jerusalem is tense, too, with jolting violence this summer over dismantled settlement homes, gay rights and a brutal attack on a Palestinian family.
Christians in the Middle East are facing difficulties ranging from "bad" to "less bad," said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.
While describing the condition of the Palestinians in the West Bank as "bad," he said their situation is better than the challenges faced by Christians in Syria and Iraq, especially those who have been forced to flee homes in the fact of Islamic State militants.
Twal pushed again for an end to hostilities throughout the Holy Land and the Middle East.
One in five seminaries and theological institutions in North America surveyed offer courses on faith and the environment and the number appears to be growing, a study by a Jerusalem-based interfaith environmental group found.