(RNS) The 310-303 vote marks a victory for divestment supporters both within and without the 1.8 million-member PCUSA, now the largest American church to embrace divestment as a strategy to pressure Israel to return its illegally held lands.
Articles tagged “Middle East”
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare,” Pope Francis told the Israeli and Palestinian presidents. “It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict, yes to dialogue and no to violence.”
(RNS) In a world of heart-wrenching suffering, leaders from President Obama to Russia’s Vladimir Putin often seem like helpless actors controlled by events rather than directing them. Pope Francis also risks that fate.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Muslim leader Omar Abboud will accompany the pope on his May 24-26 trip, which will include Jordan, the West Bank and Israel.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “If history has any lesson to teach us about silence, it’s not a good one,” Cardinal Donald Wuerl said.
(RNS) With the civil war in Syria and the civil conflict in Egypt, instances of violent repression against minority Christians have increased. This rise was particularly worrying for Orthodox bishops, who lead the largest body of Christians in the Middle East.
(RNS) “Naming a center after a person who is still alive can make it seem that an individual somehow on their own was able to accomplish what he accomplished. It was our people. “
WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of countries in the region with sectarian or communal violence between religious groups doubled from five to 10 during 2011, a year that coincided with most of the political uprisings of Arab Spring.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Friday (May 10) met with Pope Tawadros II, head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, an encounter that brought the number of popes residing within the Vatican walls to three this week. It also put a spotlight on the suffering of Christians in Egypt.