A Publication of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland
Catholic Voice Online Edition
Front Page In this Issue Around the Diocese Letters Bishop's Column News in Brief Calendar
Mission Statement
Contact Us
Publication Dates
Back Issues

Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland

El Heraldo

Movie Reviews

Mass Times

Catholic Voice
articles list
placeholder Bishop Vigneron says farewell

Bishop Emeritus Cummins reflects
on Bishop Vigneron’s appointment

Detroit welcomes a native son as new archbishop

Cathedral food service hires grads of Kitchen of Champions' culinary training program

Cathedral interfaith prayer service for President-elect, administration

St. Bede School/Moreau High grad creates award-winning adventures of a holy hit man

Moraga parishioners put new shoes on students’ feet

Schools plan civic lessons, celebrations to observe Obama inauguration

Gaza priest: ‘We cry and nobody hears us’

Catholic clinics destroyed in Gaza; patriarch calls for peace

Catholic Relief Services pledges to continue aid to Gaza

Immigration reform advocates hopeful of success with Obama

Religious coalition urges Obama to end U.S. torture practices

Americans report religion’s influence on the decline

Guatemalan Catholics march on crime rate

Operation Rice Bowl funds delivered to nine local service organizations

Pastoral ministry schools graduate 50 lay leaders

Youth in diocese instructed on possible sex abuse

placeholder January 19, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Catholic clinics destroyed in Gaza;
patriarch calls for peace

JERUSALEM (CNS) — Violence may seem like an easy solution to complex problems, but it is not the answer, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem.

“Violence no matter where it comes from and whatever form it takes must be condemned,” the patriarch told several hundred Catholic Palestinian children participating in the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation’s fifth annual Journey to Bethlehem, in the West Bank, Jan. 11.

Accompanied by bishops and Church leaders, Patriarch Twal called on religious and political leaders to show “compassion, wisdom and mercy.”

The children marched through Bethlehem carrying balloons with the names of Palestinian children killed in the Gaza Strip since the Israeli military attacks began Dec. 27. They released the balloons in front of the Church of the Nativity.

Israel says it initiated the assault to put a stop to eight years of missile attacks into southern Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza.

As fighting raged in Gaza and the Palestinian death toll neared 1,000, including almost 300 children, the Catholic aid agency Caritas Jerusalem reported that one of its six medical points in Gaza was destroyed along with $10,000 worth of medical equipment Jan. 9 by an Israeli missile. The clinic had been closed since the start of the violence, and none of the staff were injured in the attack.

back to topup arrow


Copyright © 2008 The Catholic Voice, All Rights Reserved. Site design by Sarah Kalmon-Bauer.