Holy Land

Reflections Upon Visiting in The Holy Land

This month, Catholic Relief Services has received a series of personal reflections from The Holy Land. These dispatches were written by participants in the Global Fellows program. Each year, participants in the Global Fellows program are invited to travel to the developing world, to experience the plight of the poor and marginalized overseas. Upon their […]

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The Impact of Settlements

Fr. Paul Esser – Archdiocese of Milwaukee Osama Shakanah addressed our CRS delegation to the Palestinian village of Nahaleen, near Bethlehem. Everyone sat on white plastic chairs in the dusty, cold room. Small plastic cups of hot coffee were given to everyone. Amid the cacophony of cell phones and the scraping of chairs being moved; […]

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Tale of Three People: Christians, Palestinians and Israelis

There is now a possible Peace proposal. It is a small chance. It is a difficult but workable proposal. But it is a chance which brings a spark of hope. It is a solution which has the potential to bring about a chance at a just and secure peace with dignity for all involved. Is it not worth our prayers? Is it not worth our support? Is it not worth any effort we can bring?

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Human Dignity for Both Palestinians and Israelis

Msgr. Joseph Ciampaglio – Diocese of Paterson We began our day with Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Despite the ornate surroundings, we were caught up in the mystery of what happened 2,000 years ago in this holy place – the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus – the central mysteries of our […]

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Day Five: Security and Justice

We’ve reached the last day of a very intense visit where we have heard voices from all communities here, and had an invaluable taste of contemporary life in the Holy Land and its troubles. After just a few days we certainly don’t consider ourselves to be experts, and these journals we hope have mirrored our […]

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Day Four: Aboud Awakes to a Nightmare

Though some 4 miles to the east of the green line, the nominal border between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, the seperation wall is to slice right through Aboud’s agricultural land.

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Day Three: Oh Desperate Town of Bethlehem

The two greatest locations in the Christian world stand only a few miles apart. The site of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem and that of his death and resurrection in Jerusalem. Two churches mark these sites, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Jerusalem, and for the first time in 2000 years the road between the two is closed.

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Day One in Jerusalem: A View of Contrasts

The first day was one of contrasts for our group, from the peaceful spirituality of mass at St. Savior’s Church in Jerusalem’s Old City, to the 8.5 meter-high separation wall that slices through the eastern side of Jerusalem.

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Welcome to our Online Trip Journal

The first installment of the CRS travelogue will feature a trip to the holy land. Keep reading http://crs-blog.org/travelogue/ for more!

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