Eritrean refugees in Israel turn to faith for solace

A refugee's life is one of constant uncertainty and confusion.  Yet in their faith the refugees have found strength and refuge, said Father Rafic Nahra, priest of the St. James Vicariate, which ministers to the asylum seekers and migrant worker community in Israel.

New law allows Israel to revoke residency of East Jerusalem Palestinians

A new Israeli law that allows the government to revoke the permanent residency status of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem is contrary to international law, said the director of a Catholic legal aid center.

Update: Christian leaders to reopen Church of the Holy Sepulcher Feb. 28

The Israeli government has set up a negotiating team to resolve a municipal dispute with Jerusalem churches over property taxes.

Mideast Christian leaders shut Church of Holy Sepulcher to protest taxes

Protesting several recent actions they described as a "systematic campaign ... against the churches and the Christian community in the Holy Land," the heads of Christian churches announced Feb. 25 they were closing of the doors of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher for an undisclosed period of time.

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