Christian leaders in Jerusalem protest plan to tax church properties

The heads and patriarchs of Christian churches in Jerusalem strongly denounced the city of Jerusalem's plan to force churches to pay property taxes.

Advocates alarmed at U.S. suspension of aid to Palestinian refugees

The U.S. suspension of $65 million in aid to the U.N. agency that deals with Palestinian refugees alarmed advocates who work with Palestinians living in camps.

In Holy Land, U.S. bishops say building walls does no good

Building walls can only serve to separate people and create more isolation, said Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle.

Visiting bishops praise Gazans, but say Christian presence is shrinking

Even when a situation is hopeless, people must not lose hope, Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town, South Africa, told parishioners at the Gaza Strip's only Catholic parish.

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