Patriarch of Jerusalem discusses conflict and Christianity in Palestine

first_imgDespite the desire for peace in Palestine, neither peace nor security has been won by the myriad of negotiations and wars of the past 70 years, Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, said.Twal delivered a lecture titled “Middle East Christians’ Future: In Whose Hands” on Tuesday at Hesburgh Center Auditorium as part of the 2015-2016 Notre Dame Forum “Faith, Freedom and the Modern World: 50 Years After Vatican II.” The talk was hosted by the Center For Civil and Human Rights, and Twal was introduced by University President Fr. John Jenkins.Twal ministers in a part of the world where Christians feel oppressed and was trained as a Christian diplomat, Jenkins said.  Twal brings a message of peace, reconciliation and charity. Twal first addressed the parlous state of the Christian minority in the Middle-East, with special attention to the situation in Palestine.The Christian population of Palestine is a small minority, Twal said, and thus it cannot function effectively in isolation. The Catholics in Palestine alone operate over 115 schools, some of which have a majority Muslim student body. “We cannot have a ghetto just for us Christians. … Our mission cannot know borders,” Twal said.He said there are many perils for the Christian community of the Levant, such as the Israeli bureaucracy’s mistreatment of Christian and many Muslims’ apathy towards the welfare of the Christian community, calling the Church of Jerusalem a Church of Calvary. In spite of all the suffering of the Christian community, it is impossible to live, love and work in Jerusalem without Jesus and the vision of the cross, Twal said.“In Jerusalem, He prayed, He worked and He wept,” Twal said.Twal said although the Christian community of Jerusalem is often subject to persecution, it is also unmistakably a church of resurrection, empowered by its proximity to where He rose.“I too am anxious for the future but [also] hope for a bright future,” Twal said, referring to the future prospects of the Christians of Palestine. Twal’s lecture also spent time on the consequences of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a conflict that fatally undermines Israel’s claims of democracy so long as the occupation continues, Twal said. “The vast majority of Palestinians are fighting for the same things Jews did,” Twal said.The rights Palestinians seek are the rights of democracies, such as dignity, respect and justice, he said. These were the same values his Patriarchate has upheld and promoted for years. While he expressed pessimism about the viability of a two-state solution, the fundamental problem is still occupation, particularly while Jerusalem is still occupied territory, Twal said. “Much is spoken [of peace], yet we have none,” Twal said. “ … In Palestine, there is no more credibility in the speech of politicians, and thus, changes requiring great sacrifice must come.”“In Palestine, one thing is clear: the cycle of degradation and violence must be broken,” he said.Twal said, the Middle-East is beset by politic without ethic and the dangerous rhetoric of extremists, lack of education, and the reckless profiteering of arms dealers are all contributing to the current disorder in the Middle-East“In Jerusalem we are closely watching the events in the Arab World…our hearts are filled with sorrow with our brothers and sisters who are victims of violence,” Twal said, “In Jordan we have 1,400,000 Syrians…last year we received 8,000 Iraqi Christian people…for sure Syria needs reform, but 200,000 [were] killed because they want to change this regime, and the regime is still in good health.”Twail said the Middle East is beset by a dark past and dark present, and he prays for the emergence of a genuine leader. Although he believes an educated population is one key step towards justice and peace, it’s clear the road to peace in the Holy Land is a long and difficult one. “[Being] fair and balanced … I’m not sure that’s possible when we speak about the Holy Land,” Twal said.Tags: Father John Jenkins, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Middle East, Notre Dame Forum, Palestinelast_img read more

Easton Outfitters Empowers Adventurers with New Tents for Summer

first_imgBased in Salt Lake City, Utah, Easton Outfitters (part of Easton Outdoor division) just introduced its new tent lineup for summer 2014.Since 1922, Easton, a leader in precision-built outdoor equipment, has been dedicated to engineering the best technical gear for the serious user. And at its core is Easton’s proprietary manufacturing of high-strength, lightweight, aluminum and carbon fiber tubing. Easton’s exclusive components enable cost savings to deliver maximum value with elite level products.Their priorities are reliability and affordability in this year’s offering, thanks to a team of engineers looking to maximize efficiency of materials without sacrificing internal space or strength of the shelter — which range from cavernous family shelters, to re-engineered ultra-lights with carbon fiber frames, to the introduction of their Syclone composite tent poles.Easton Cache 4P (MSRP $349)Easton Cache 4P (with open annex)(low-res)Perfect for campers with a long activity list and a lot of gear, the Cache™ 4P tent is a basecamp/family style tent with huge livability and tons of pockets and loops to keep organized and make life easier.  The unique pole design delivers a large footprint, excellent stability, and near vertical walls.  This unique geometry offers huge internal space.  Dual doors make access quick and easy.  The available Annex™ vestibule (sold separately) attaches to either door and offers extra storage and covered living space.Syclone composite tent poles featured in Easton Slickrock and Easton Torrent tentsEngineered from top-grade composite materials with multi-directional wound construction, Easton’s new Syclone tent pole is the most resilient tent pole ever developed.  Syclone poles are 80% more resilient to failure and bending than aluminum in wind and flex-testing.  Lab tests and in-field results reveal the amazing performance features that allow the Syclone poles to flex further than both carbon or aluminum and return to their original shape while still offering needed structural support.Easton Slickrock 2P & 3P, (Starting at $299)Easton Slickrock is a lightweight, three-season backpacking series that offers tons of living space with amazing stability and wind resistance.  The unique asymmetrical pole design enhances the internal living space and features Easton’s brand new Syclone composite pole technology.  Slickrock is the perfect combination of lightweight stability that delivers awesome features for maximum value.Easton Kinetic Carbon 3P (MSRP $499)Easton Kinetic Carbon 3PKinetic Carbon 3P delivers best-in-class space to weight ratio with an amazing one- pound per person.  Kinetic Carbon 3P represents the re-birth of the award-winning Easton Kilo 3P tent, offering a more usable internal living area and 33 percent more vestibule space.The new Kinetic Carbon 3P has more of the space you like while keeping the minimal weight and stability you love.“A lot of design and technological advancements have gone into the new line of spring and summer products,” said Rich Packer, Easton Outfitter’s National Sales Manager. “However, with our own proprietary materials and craftsmanship here at Easton, we’re able to keep prices down in order to cover a larger segment of the end-user looking to outfit them with highly technical gear without breaking the bank.”image002last_img read more

Tropical Storm Fay forms off coast of North Carolina, could impact our area

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fay has formed off the coast of North Carolina. The storm could have an impact on our area, too, producing heavy rainfall and strong winds. 12 News will have more details in its 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m. newscasts. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami announced the storm’s formation Thursday afternoon. Forecasters say they will release more details shortly. It is already the sixth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. last_img

Animal Importation bill passes committee

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A bill authored by Republican state senator from Oldenburg Jean Leising that would help address an animal importation issue facing Indiana passed the Senate Committee on Agriculture unanimously.Senate Bill 533 would require a person who transfers a domestic dog or cat from a foreign country to Indiana to provide a copy of the animal’s veterinary inspection or official health certificate to the recipient of the animal.According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), globally, dogs remain the principal source of human rabies infections. While the U.S. eliminated the canine rabies virus variant in 2007, since then, three cases of canine rabies were reported in dogs imported to the United States. Additionally, the CDC estimates that more than 1 million dogs are imported to the United States each year.“We do not know if most of the animals coming into the United States are even vaccinated,” Leising said. “This issue could lead to a serious public health crisis, as regulations are not strong enough to prevent dogs and cats with rabies from coming into our country. This legislation, if passed, would help keep Indiana residents safe by requiring those who import dogs and cats to our state to have paperwork proving their good health.”The bill would also require the person who receives the animal to submit a copy of the veterinary inspection or official health certificate to the State Board of Animal Health within 30 days of receiving the animal.SB 533 will now move to the full Senate for consideration.last_img read more