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Mideast leaders fight Trump on Jerusalem

AMMAN (CNS): “The two-state solution is accepted by all the world, including the Vatican. It corresponds to the legitimate resolutions passed by the United Nations,” Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem, patriarchal vicar for Jordan, said as Church and political leaders in the Middle East intensified efforts to combat the unilateral decision by the president of the United States (US), Donald Trump, to recogonise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital along with plans to move the US embassy there.
 

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Church weighs in on Trump’s Jerusalem

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis was quick to weigh in on the debate over the announcement from the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, expressing his intention to move his embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thus giving recognition to the controversial claim that the biblical city can be declared as the capital and territory of Israel.
 

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Easter permits for Jerusalem given out freely in Gaza

GAZA (SE): For the first time, the Church made a mass application to the Israeli authorities for Catholics to cross from Gaza to take part in the Easter ceremonies in Jerusalem.

The Orthodox Churches have been doing it in the past, but report that not everyone who applies is successful.

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Frozen accounts and few pilgrims

JERUSALEM (AsiaNews): “Things have worsened, there is no real willingness to resume peace negotiations and there is always an excuse to put it off. Every day we expect more deaths, but nothing is done to resume dialogue,” Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, the patriarchal vicar of Jerusalem, said in describing the current situation in the Holy Land and the Middle East.

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre may close over water bill

 

Jerusalem (CathNews): The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem has warned that it may shut its doors to pilgrims in protest over a dispute with Hagihon, an Israeli water company, according to a November 2 report from the BBC. At the company’s request, the church’s accounts have been frozen over an unpaid US$2.3 million ($17.8 million) bill.

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