Jerusalem -- President Donald Trump is the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall in the contested Old City of Jerusalem. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital city.
Jerusalem — Plans for the U.S. president's May 22-23 visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories shift, and no one can predict what Trump may say or do while there.
Catholic leaders in the Holy Land urged Israel to concede to demands of Palestinian political prisoners on a hunger strike since April 17.
On April 15, thousands of Orthodox Christians will crowd the Church of the Holy Sepulchre to watch the Greek Orthodox patriarch emerge from the structure surrounding Jesus' tomb with two lit candles.
The ceremony, known as Holy Fire, is described by Orthodox Christians as a "miracle" that occurs each year on Holy Saturday, the day preceding Easter. As part of the ceremony, a fire rises from the slab of stone where Jesus' body was laid after his crucifixion, enough to light lamps and candles around the church.
Less than a year after restoration work began, the Edicule — the traditional site of Jesus' burial and resurrection — was inaugurated in an ecumenical ceremony.
'Defacto annexation.' Christians have a responsibility to oppose the construction of Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories, said bishops from the U.S., Canada and Europe.
At the Vatican Sept. 28, Pope Francis said Shimon Peres' death renewed his "great appreciation for the late president's tireless efforts in favor of peace."
An Israeli agency accused the the U.S.-based Christian humanitarian aid organization, one of the world' largest, of diverting "tens of millions of dollars" in donations to the terrorist group.
Jewish leaders are frustrated with the Israeli government's backtracking from its commitment to create a government-funded egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall.
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.