Christian leaders: Jerusalem violence of deep concern
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Christian leaders in the Holy Land expressed deep concern over growing Israeli-Palestinian violence,
two sides clashed in Jerusalem
and Israel launched airstrikes into Gaza, responding to rocket attacks. The Catholic and Orthodox leaders appealed for “all parties to preserve the already sensitive situation in the Holy City of Jerusalem.” The Latin Patriarchate (similar to a diocese) pointed to the forced evictions of Palestinians from Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood as “a main flashpoint amid rising tensions in Jerusalem in general.”
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Whether the German Catholic Church goes into schism is a hot topic among Church watchers these days after same sex blessings were conducted at churches across Germany in a protest Monday.
On March 15, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a declaration in a document known as a “Responsum ad dubium” (response to a question). In reply to the query, “Does the Church have the power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex?” the CDF answered, “Negative.” Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the president of the German bishops' conference, Bishop Georg Bätzing, defended what has become a somewhat common practice of "ecumenically mindful" reception of holy Communion by Protestants and Catholics during Germany's ecumenical congress May 13-16. (Photo of a blessing service as part of a day of action in defiance to the Vatican's ruling on same-sex unions in the Youth Church in Wurzburg, Germany, on Monday, May 10th. Credit: Gehrig / CNA Deutsch)
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