Christianity

Sectarian violence has become a global crisis, Baroness Warsi warns

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2013

Faith and Communities Minister Baroness Warsi has called on people of all religions to do more to tackle hatred and end persecution.

Speaking at Georgetown University in Washington DC, she said sectarianism was becoming the leading reason for conflict in the world, with “faith forming the fault lines” under a “global crisis”.

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Blood-libel opera opens in Budapest

By Valentina Jovanovski, October 11, 2013

A blood libel in which Jews were falsely accused of killing a young Christian girl and using her blood in a religious ritual in 19th century Hungary is the basis for a new opera opening this weekend in Budapest.

The Red Heifer is based on a true story set in the Hungarian village of Tiszaeszlár, where 14-year-old Eszter Solymosi disappeared in 1882.

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Insecurity ‘mars’ Israel, says UK Catholic leader

By Simon Rocker, September 18, 2013

England’s most senior Catholic, the Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, has spoken out about the impact of Israel’s security barrier on the lives of West Bank Palestinians.

He also referred to the “state of Palestine”, while calling on Catholics to pray for a successful outcome to Middle East peace talks.

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Pro-Israel Christians stage anti-bias protest

By Simon Rocker, August 29, 2013

More than 100 Christian supporters of Israel staged a demonstration outside a religious festival on Sunday in protest at its stance on the Middle East.

Waving Israeli flags and banners, they read biblical texts on the Jewish link to Israel at the entrance to the annual Christian Greenbelt festival in Cheltenham which attracts up to 20,000 participants.

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'Christian Limmud' offers platform to anti-Israel Jew

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

A pro-Palestinian platform is to be launched later this month at a Christian festival, whose invitation to an American Jewish critic of Israel to speak has already troubled the Council of Christians and Jews and Board of Deputies.

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Netanyahu aims to open army service for Israel’s Christians

By Zoe Winograd, August 6, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to facilitate the entry of Christian Arabs into the IDF.

Mr Netanyahu is to set up a forum to promote the army and civil service among the Christian community.

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Both Israeli chief rabbis cancel on the Archbishop of Canterbury

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury was unable to meet Israel’s two chief rabbis this week, after scheduled talks with both Rabbis were cancelled.

Archbishop Justin Welby was due to sit down with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar on Thursday. However, plans were thrown into disarray when Rabbi Metzger was placed under house arrest amid corruption charges.

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Archbishop call over Jerusalem holy sites

By Simon Rocker, June 27, 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, on his first official visit to Israel since his installation this year, said he hoped to “serve all the people of this region, without exception” during his tenure.

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Church agrees to tone down anti-Israel report

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2013

A “truly hurtful” report about Israel is to be rewritten in an attempt to diffuse a row between the Church of Scotland and the Jewish community.

The discussion document compiled by the Church’s church and society council provoked outrage after apparently suggesting that Jewish claims to the land of Israel could be invalidated by the treatment of Palestinians.

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This church report on Israel sets the clock back 70 years

By Patrick Morrow, May 12, 2013

'A slap in the face to the Jewish community" is how Jonathan Arkush, vice-president of the Board of Deputies, responded to the report, The inheritance of Abraham? A report on the "promised land". This document comes from the Church of Scotland's church and society council, and is to be debated by the general assembly next week. As a Christian (an Anglican priest), I can sympathise.

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