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Christmas Greetings from Abuna Elias Chacour

Christmas Greetings from Abuna Elias Chacour
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MEEI Winners: HYPE Foundation Youth Start-up Competition

MEEI Winners: HYPE Foundation Youth Start-up Competition

  Thirty-seven high schools worldwide entered the 2015 HYPE Foundation competition, “making a difference with youth in the fields of Empowerment, Leadership, Personal Development, Social Action and Impact-Entrepreneurship.” Each team developed a new concept for a computer app and created a Powerpoint presentation to introduce their concept

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After 4 Weeks, the Christian School Strike Ends!

After 4 Weeks, the Christian School Strike Ends!

NEWS FLASH: The Strike was settled on Sunday, 27 September. Classes in all Christian Schools start for the new school year on Monday, 28 September. Teachers and students are excited and ready. Watch for another blog entry soon updating the situation, but here is one of today’s

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Abuna Chacour asks solidarity during Christian Schools strike

Abuna Chacour asks solidarity during Christian Schools strike

Thank you for your care for the Living Stones of Israel/Palestine! The first of September should have been the first day of school for 2015-16 at Mar Elias High School, Mariam Bawardi Elementary School, and the Mariam Bawardi Kindergarten in Ibillin. Instead, the teachers and students from

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Mar Elias Peace Tour – a Great Success!

Mar Elias Peace Tour – a Great Success!

They came, They saw, They loved everything! Thirteen current students, two recent graduates and one teacher from Mar Elias High School in Ibillin spent 2 weeks in the US in July, discovering America (well, the Upper Midwest) and winning hearts and opening minds all along their journey.

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Mar Elias Students are Israel’s Hackathon Champions!

Mar Elias Students are Israel’s Hackathon Champions!

Congratulations to the Mar Elias High School students who took FIRST PLACE nationally in a computer-programming competition (“Hackathon”) on June 6th. Five stand-out students, making up the Mar Elias team, came in first among 29 schools from all over Israel! Also big congratulations to their computer teacher,

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Oshkosh to Ibillin: Oh Freedom!

Oshkosh to Ibillin: Oh Freedom!

By John Hobbins, co-founder, International Book Club. For a wonderful article about the January 7th Skype meeting of the Oshkosh and Ibillin Book Clubs, read this article from the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, written by Bethany Lerch, and Oshkosh native who has volunteered in Palestine. Ten- and 11-year-olds in

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Christmas Letter from Abuna Elias Chacour

Christmas Letter from Abuna Elias Chacour

lbillin, December 2014 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Pilgrims of Ibillin, While I served as Archbishop in Galilee, I always sent an Annual Christmas Greeting; it was always a feeling of communion and of deep gratitude. This year it is somehow different; I am writing to you

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Yes, it was safe! And we could not have felt more welcome.

Yes, it was safe! And we could not have felt more welcome.

Check out the wonderful blog written by members of the 19-person Living Stones Pilgrimage group as we toured Palestine and Israel in October. It was perhaps not the easiest time to visit the Holy Land. But we could not have been welcomed more warmly. In a year

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A Summer Letter from Abuna Chacour to Pilgrims of Ibillin Friends

A Summer Letter from Abuna Chacour to Pilgrims of Ibillin Friends

 A Letter to all Pilgrims of Ibillin from Abuna Elias Chacour  Archbishop Emeritus of the Melkite Catholic Church of Akko, Haifa, Nazareth, and all Galilee                                                                                                                                                         6 July 2014 Friends, Brothers and Sisters. Are you still able to bear with me despite my long period of silence?

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