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2003


  • January 6, Happy New Year, our situation in the Holy Land, Lutheran Church
  • January 7, Reflections of the Inter-Conference Delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories
  • Januaray 7, Orthodox Christmas under Occupation, voice from Bethlehem
  • January 9, Iraqi Bishop Appeals for Peace
  • January 11, COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT INTENSIFIES IN BETHLEHEM, Bethlehem University
  • January 11, Clery in UK take a stand against war
  • January 13, ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II TO THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS/ on IRAQ
  • January 14, The Situation and Needs of the General Population,Secretary General, Caritas Jerusalem
  • January 15,    I have just returned from Iraq, General Secretary, National Council of Churches
  • January 16, Catholic summit in Jerusalem supports the people of the Holy land
  • January 17,In Jerusalem, Bishops Gather to Analyze Situation in the Holy Land
  • Januaray, 18,  Religions for peace in the Middle-East, Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
  • January 19, Vatican:World religions appeal to give Peace a Chance
  • January 19, Israelis Block Patriarch Sabbah at Tel Aviv Airport,Zenit
  • January 21, War on Iraq not justified,Canadian Anglican Primate says
  • January 24,ISRAELI MISSILE STRIKES ANGLICAN CHURCH IN GAZA, Catholic & Anglican News
  • January 28, Between the Churches and Israel, Laity Committee in the Holy Land
  • January 30, "WE ARE AGAINST THE WAR,"SAYS TOP VATICAN OFFICIAL
  • January 30, CMEP implores the governments of the world to embark on a course of peace and justice
  • January 30, President of Bethlehem University talks to Congress
  • January 30, Nuncio of Jerusalem Views the Dire Situation in Holy Land
  • February Picturesof the visit of the Episcopal Church to Iraq
  • February 3, CARDINAL STAFFORD USA JOINS CRITICS OF US PLANS ON IRAQ
  • February 3, A wide church groupsand activists with anti-war sentiment.
  • February 4, CMEP's letter to President Bush about Iraq
  • February 6, VATICAN OFFICIALS NOT PERSUADED BY US CASE AGAINST IRAQ
  • February 8,Christian Leaders Prominent in Anti-War Movement
  • February 8, STATEMENT BY EPISCOPAL MEMBERS INTERFAITH PEACE-BUILDERS DELEGATION
  • February 10, POPE SENDS SPECIAL ENVOY TO BAGHDAD
  • February 10, PopeTakes Issue with America's 'Just War'
  • February 10, UN warns of Palestinian aid crisis
  • February 12, "Demand on Settlement's Must be Bush's Response to Israel's Aid Request.", CMEP
  • February 12, NCC DELEGATION TO PARIS SURPRISES MANY WITH OPPOSITION TO WAR
  • February 13, PAX CHRISTI INTERNATIONAL,SUPPORTS FRENCH-GERMAN PLAN FOR IRAQ
  • February 13, An appeal from Christians in Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Beit Jala
  • February 14, POPE MEETS TAREK AZIZ; VATICAN DIPLOMATIC EFFORT CONTINUES
  • February 18, Letter from the Minister General of the Secular Franciscan Order
  • February 19, The Lutheran Bishop in Jerusalem against war in Iraq
  • February 19, CARDINAL SODANO SEES MORE DIPLOMATIC OPTIONS FOR IRAQ
  • Februrar 19, A Berlin Wall Isolating Bethlehem, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, APPEAL
  • February 20, The Will of the Worldby JONATHAN SCHELL
  • February 20, AT UN, VATICAN ENVOYSTATES CAUSE FOR PEACE
  • February 20, Black clergy to America: War is not the answer, solve problems at home
  • February 21, BRITISH CATHOLIC, ANGLICAN ARCHBISHOPS WARN AGAINST ATTACK ON IRAQ,CWN
  • February 21, Chorus of religious voices opposed to war with Iraq growing louder, ENS
  • February 21, PICTURES OF ANTIWAR
  • February 23, PopeCalls for Fast Against War in Iraq
  • February 23, Pope to British PM: war on Iraq would constitute a 'Crime Against Humanity
  • February 24,  Message fromVoices in the Wilderness, IRAQ
  • February 24, Sabeel’s Statement Against War, Jerusalem
  • February 24, The Churches of Jerusalem, Baghdad and Sarajevo Say "No" to War
  • February 24, An urgent appeal for Bethlehem, Head of Christian Churches in the Holy land
  • February 25, VATICAN CONDEMNATION FOR  "WAR OF AGGRESSION"
  • February 27, American bishop urges prayers and aid for Iraqi Christians
  • February 28,VATICAN OFFICIAL CHALLENGES US, IRAQ
  • March 3, Catholic Pastoral Letter Condemns War On Iraq Absolutely, Bishop John Michael Botean, Romanian
  • March 4,  Five American church leadersmeet with Prime Minister Tony Blair
  • March 5, POPE'S ENVOY STILL HOPES TO DISSUADE BUSH FROM WAR
  • March 5, POPE, AT AUDIENCE, ASKS ALL TO SHARE IN PRAYER, WORK FOR PEACE
  • March 6, CARDINAL LAGHI BRIEFS PRESS ON MEETING WITH PRESIDENT BUSH
  • March 7, Action requested on Israeli-Palestinian issues, Christians for M. E. Peace
  • March 12, First-hand accounts from Iraq,Voices in the Wilderness & the Iraq Peace Team
  • March 12, Charile Litkey, a member of St. John of God, my former Parish, from Bagdad 1
  • March 13, Charile Litkey, a member of St. John of God, my former Parish, from Bagdad 2
  • March 13, Right to Education Campaign, Brian Avery, from Nablus, Palestine
  • March 14, VATICAN OFFICIAL REPEATS: NO WAR WITHOUT UN APPROVAL
  • March 14, "War Would Indeed Be a Defeat for Humanity", Irish Catholic Bishops
  • March 14, "Are We Less than Animals?"  Iraqi Dominican Sisters Appeal to President Bush, American People
  • March 16, No more war, Popesays on the issue of Iraq
  • March 17, URGENT PAPAL APPEAL:"NEVER AGAIN WAR!"
  • March 17, WAR WOULD BE A "CRIME," PRELATE CHARGES, Vatican
  • March 17, PAX CHRISTI INTERNATIONALURGES VISITS OF ANNAN TO IRAQ AND THE POPE TO THE UNITED NATIONS
  • March 18, AMERICAN BISHOP BARS FAITHFUL FROM WAR EFFORT
  • March 18, VATICAN:BUSH TAKING HEAVY MORAL BURDEN in going to war against Iraq
  • March 18, Episcopalians join nation in bracing for war with Iraq
  • March 18, IN THE SHADOW OF WAR, The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church
  • March 19, War in Iraq a crime, says Vatican
  • March 19,While Eyes are Focused on Iraq: An Update from Washington on Israeli-Palestinian Issues,CMEP
  • March 20, "DEEP PAIN" AT VATICAN AS WAR BEGINS, CWNEWS
  • March 20, U.S. Church Leaders Issue Statement on Iraq War, CMEP
  • March 20, Escalation in international affairs begins with the war in Iraq today, Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem
  • March 20, Churches condemn military attack on Iraq and light candles for peace, Ecumenical International
  • March 21, Many elders brought in with heart problems, Voices in the Wilderness, Iraq
  • March 21, PRELATE SAYS CONFLICT IS A "WORLD WAR", CWNEWS
  • March 21, Pope Paul upbraided UK, Italian PMs: Paper
  • March 22, Religious Leaders Gather for Prayer Service and Witness for Peace, Washington
  • March 22, Pax Christi USA Statement on Commencement of War with Iraq
  • March 23, John Paul II Prays for Peace and Victims of War
  • March 24, WAR THREATENS MAN'S FUTURE, POPE SAYS
  • March 24, Problem for Catholic religious personnel in Israel, The Ad-hoc Committee Jerusalem
  • March 25,Pope Endorses Antiwar Movement
  • March 25, STATEMENT FROM BISHOP DR. MUNIB A. YOUNAN, Lutheran Bishop of Jerusalem
  • March 26, Pax Christi International assist the peopleand work for a just peace in Iraq and the Middle East
  • March 27, BISHOP ARRESTED IN PROTEST OUTSIDE WHITE HOUSE
  • March 27, IRAQ'S CHRISTIAN LEADERS PLEAD FOR PEACE
  • March 27, CATHOLIC TEACHER RESIGNS RATHER THAN REMOVE ANTI-WAR PIN
  • April 2, VATICAN OFFICIAL ASKS UN TO BACK RULE OF LAW, NOT FORCE
  • April 2, Maronite Bishops condemn the war against Iraq
  • April 3, An Appeal for Peace, Patriarch Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem
  • April 4, UN, Red Crossalarmed by civilian casualties in Iraq
  • April 4, News from Washington, The ROAD MAP and the AIPAC, from CMEP
  • April 4, VATICANPREPARING FOR POST-WAR RECONSTRUCTION IN IRAQ
  • April 7, "PEACE INVOLVES A PERMANENT COMMITMENT," POPE SAYS
  • April 8,  Easter Message, BISHOP DR. MUNIB A. YOUNAN, Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • April 11, Church Leaders Encourage New Initiatives to Propel Israeli-Palestinian Peace
  • April 12, Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, pastoral letter to the Christians of the Middle East
  • April 13, Pope urges 'brotherly solidarity' with the Iraqi and Holy Land  people
  • April 13, Palm Sunday in Jerusalem, Fr. Raed Abu Sahlia
  • April 13, Sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams in Jerusalem, on Palm Sunday
  • April 14, VATICAN PRELATES AFFIRM UN ROLE IN IRAQ
  • April 15, Easter Message,Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah
  • April 15, U.N. Human Rights Body Criticizes Israel
  • April 18, Easter Message 2003, Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem
  • April 25, Preparation for Road Map,CMEP
  • April 25, Stripped naked and humiliated by US Soldiers/photos, Amnesty International
  • April 30, IRAQ'S CHRISTIAN LEADERS URGE THEIR PEOPLE TO RENEWAL
  • May 6, Summit of religious leaders considers consequences of Iraq war
  • May 6, The Road map, Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem
  • May 8, HCEF/ Educational Symposium for 55 Christian Clergy on the Plight of the Palestinian Christians
  • May 9, ISRAELI FORCES RAID International Solidarity Movement OFFICE,
  • May 9, Israel/Occupied Territories: Amnesty Internationaldelegates denied access to Gaza
  • May 9, AmnestySays Israel Shutting Out Foreign Scrutiny
  • May 11, Iraq in danger of starvation, says UN
  • May 15, U.S. Church Leaders Urge Boldness by Israeli and Palestinian Leaders, on Road Map
  • May 19, U.N. Official Criticizes Israeli Travel Restrictions in Gaza
  • May 20, Israel transfers a Palestinian from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, PALESTINIAN CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
  • May 23, WHAT IS SABEEL’S POSITION ON THE ROAD MAP?
  • May 28, Amnesty criticizes 'human rights crisis' in Palestinian territories
  • May 28, Amnesty International:War on Terror Sowing Fear
  • May 30, Perspectives of a future peace between Israelis and Palestinians, Michel Sabbah of Jerusalem
  • June 2, Israelis and Palestinians "Are Called to Live Side by Side", Pope says
  • June 3, POPE'S ENVOY REPORTS ON TRIP TO BAGHDAD
  • June 4, The realities I view are imprinted on the walls of my soul, Rev. Alex Awad, Bethlehem
  • June 4, U.S. Bishops Urge Bush to Make Mideast Peace a Top Priority
  • June 9, Building support for M.E. peacemaking, CMEP
  • June 11,  From our Missionary to the Holy Land, Anglican Church
  • June 14, UN Official Says Israel Must Halt Construction of 'Segregation' Wall
  • June 15, PopeCalls for an End to "Vortex of Violence" in Holy Land
  • June 15, The Medical Staffs in Gaza Strip Appeal the World
  • June 23, ISRAEL SABOTAGES MEDICAL MISSION GRETTA DUISENBERG,Union of Health Work Com.
  • June 27, PopeAsks Assistance for Christians of Holy Land and Iraq
  • July 2, Stop the Wall that Sharon is building, INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT
  • July 3, Palestinian Christians ignored, Jordan Times
  • July 4, Israel and the Occupied Territories: Israel must end its policy of assassinations, Amnesty Inter.
  • July7, IRAQI BISHOP CITES FEAR OF CHAOS
  • July 8, BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY RE-OPENS; TOWN EYES RETURN TO NORMAL, CWN
  • July 10, CMEP letter to Powell on Iraq
  • July 11, Letter to Blair about ROAD MAP by Afif Safieh, Palestinian General Delegate to the Holy See
  • July 13, UNHCR to Register Thousands of Palestinian Refugees in Iraq
  • July 30, Israel Continues to Deny Visas to Catholic Religious,Franciscan Custody of Holy Land
  • August, 1, Distortions of intelligence on Iraq, CMEP
  • August 1, "No peace without Justice - No Justice without Forgiveness", Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
  • August 2, Local,Int’l Human Rights Groups Condemn New Israeli Racial Law
  • August 15, UN: Israel must revoke change to Citizenship Law, from Haa'retz
  • August 26, Statement Regarding the Separation Wall/ The Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem
  • August 28, Medecins du Monde, UP Medical Relief Committees & Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
  • August 29, IRAQI   WOMEN  ARE MUCH  WORSE  OFF IN IRAQ  SINCE THE USA  INVASION,CPTW
  • September 3, DOES THE WALL ALSO NEED TO CUT OUR CAMPUS INTO TWO? Al-Quds Univerisity
  • September 8, Reports on Iraq with recommendations, CMEP
  • September 8, PHRMG Calls for Addressing the Prisoners’ Humanitarian Demands for Survival
  • September 8, UN conference calls for pressure to force Israel to bring down separation wall
  • Septemebr 8, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Amnesty International
  • September 9, WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES URGES WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ
  • September 16,CHALDEAN CATHOLICS DEMAND ROLE IN POST-SADDAM RULE OF IRAQ
  • September 17,CHALDEAN BISHOP CRITICIZES US OCCUPATION OF IRAQ
  • September 20, We need peacemakers in our country, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
  • September 22, CATH. PRIEST SERVES ON LOCAL IRAQI GOVERNING COUNCIL FOR RECONSTRUCTION
  • September 28,  Latin Patriarch prevented to visit Jenin, From Latin Patriarche Pess office
  • October 1,Israel dismisses "biased" UN report on security fence, From Jerusalem Post
  • October 2, Hunger in Palestine,UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
  • October 13, Israel's raids on Gaza Strip a "war crime": Amnesty
  • October 26, Interview withUNRWA Commissioner-General, Peter Hansen.
  • October 27, VATICAN PAPER CRITICIZED BOTH ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
  • Novemebr 28, UNchief condemns Israeli barrier
  • December. 3, Reflections on the Presence of the Church in the Holy Land,Latin Patriarchate
  • December 4, National Interreligious Leadership Initiative, CMEP
  • December 5, IRAQI RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IS TOP PRIORITY FOR NEW CHALDEAN PATRIARCH,CWN
  • December 11, ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS PONTIFF, CWN
  • December 16,Catholics after the capture of Saddam in Iraq, CWN
  • December 16, Popesays waging war unilaterally is violation of international law
  • December 17, IRAQI ARCHBISHOP DISCLOSES PERSECUTION UNDER SADDAM, Asian News
  • December 19, Palestinians today are experiencing humiliation, Lutheran Bishop of Jerusalem, Christmas Message 2003
  • December 22, JERUSALEM PATRIARCH RIPS ISRAELI TACTICS, SECURITY WALL, Asian News
  • December 22, They have mislead my people,Patriarch Sabbah Christmas message 2003
  • December 24, The Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem
  • December 28, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) IRAQ: Christmas Letter from Cliff Kindy
  • December 29, UK Bishop Durham creticizes Israel, Haaret'z
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