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Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre closes in protest

Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre closes in protest

Christian leaders in Jerusalem recently closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for four days in protest over a new tax policy and proposed property law.

The decision, to close what is considered the holiest site in Christianity, was made at secret meeting of church leaders in Jerusalem’s old city on Saturday 24 February. In a joint statement church leaders said the site would be closed until further notice and declared shared concerns over what they saw as a "….systematic campaign against the Churches and the Christian community the Holy Land.”

Testimony from Gaza

Testimony from Gaza

Regular readers will know that supporting the tiny Christian population of Gaza is a key FHL objective. We do this through two significant projects based in Gaza – supporting Christian university students and funding a two-year Christian youth employment programme, both run in partnership with the Pontifical Mission. -click image to read more
Peter Rand receives Papal recognition

Peter Rand receives Papal recognition

FHL is delighted to report that Peter Rand (FHL Trustee and Vice Chairman) has been appointed a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great (KSG), one of the highest and most prestigious distinctions the Pope can bestow on an individual. 

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FHL and new rules to safeguard donors’  personal data

FHL and new rules to safeguard donors’ personal data

 Supporters may be aware of new data protection laws coming into effect from May 25th. These rules are known as ‘GDPR’ - General Data Protection Regulations. 

GDPR reaffirms existing data protection legislation whilst protecting individuals with new rules concerning the use and storage of their personal data.  Friends of the Holy Land takes such responsibilities very seriously and we are reviewing our procedures to ensure that we are compliant. 
 
The new rules have specific relevance to the email updates which we currently share with you as we believe them to be of ‘legitimate interest’.  However, should you wish to no longer receive these please email office@friendsoftheholyland.org.uk with the word "unsubscribe” in the subject line and your full name in the body of the email.  

 

 

Fundraising on 2 wheels update

Fundraising on 2 wheels update

Fundraising on two wheels - update

Energetic supporters from the diocese of Leeds, Paul Sullivan and Nigel Cawthorne, have raised an impressive £2000 on a sponsored cycle ride around the Sea of Gallilee, to be split between FHL and a local Franciscan charity.

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Special Appeal to Support Iraqi Christian Refugees

Special Appeal to Support Iraqi Christian Refugees

 

We recently shared our hope to support an additional 128 Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan, including 51 children, currently residing in Ashrafieh Anglican parish in Amman. In January, whilst visiting Amman, FHL’s Peter Rand spoke with 30 of these refugees when he met with Fr. George Kopti, the Vicar of St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Peter reports,

"It was a very moving experience to spend an hour listening to the stories of Iraqi Christian refugees, who had been in the parish for between 4 months and 4 years. Many had fled Iraq with just the clothes on their back. None felt able to return as their houses had been destroyed. All had a vision of a better life for their families in Australia, Canada or the US. Meanwhile they survive from day to day with the minimum of resources, the support of their faith, and now some practical help from FHL.”

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