Holy Land Committee Chairperson, Fr Jamal Khader, has been a parish priest in Ramallah since August 2018. Ramallah is located in the central West Bank six miles north of Jerusalem and serves as the administrative capital for the Palestinian National Authority. Historically an Arab Christian town, Ramallah is now predominantly Muslim, but with a significant Christian minority representing 22% of the total population. For more on this story click image
We have identified a growing trend for younger supporters to engage with our work. From youth pilgrimages to school fundraising events FHL is successfully nurturing the next generation of donors. This sort of involvement can be a ‘win win’ situation for schools and youth groups, building participation in activities and engendering a sense of social responsibility. Click image for more on this story
Friends of the Holy Land invite Christians from across the region to join them for a Carol service generously hosted by Lichfield Cathedral. This seasonal occasion takes place on Friday December 7th at 7.30pm, with doors open from 7pm. Lichfeld’s world famous Cathedral Choir will lead the singing for a wonderfully festive celebration, whilst at the same time remembering the struggles faced by todays Christians living in ‘little town of Bethlehem’.
Record numbers attended our National Gathering held in Kenilworth last month. The keynote speaker was Sami El-Yousef, descended from one of Jerusalem’s oldest Christian families and CEO of Jerusalem’s Latin Patriarchate. Sami gave a detailed account of the difficulties faced by the Christian community living in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza, and Jordan. Calmly and dispassionately, he explained the complexity of pressures facing Christians in the region, reflecting lives lived under occupation, discrimination and as refugees. click image for more on this story
His Excellency, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams, hosted a lunch on Saturday 29th September to further the work of ‘The Friends of The Holy Land’. This event, held at the Papal Nunciature in Wimbledon, was organised by John Scanlon KCSG, KGCHS on behalf of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, which supports the Latin Patriarchate in the Holy Land, and FHL which focuses on grass roots support to Christians living in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan. click image to read more
In response to supporter requests we now have a number lightweight, easy to assemble cardboard collection boxes to share. The boxes are designed to encourage collections of loose change over a period of time. The imagery selected has been chosen to work during Advent and at any other time of the year. click image to read more