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His Beatitude Emeritus
Patriarch Michael Sabbah

I see in this group of Muslim and Christian believers, who opted for the path of dialogue, an example to emulate and a religious necessity by which each believer strengthens his faith.

For each believer becomes more faithful to God when he believes in his fellow man. According to St. John’s First letter (4:20):

If anyone says, “I love God”, and hates his brother, he is a liar for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

Each believer is in need of Al-Liqa’ Center’s programs, in order to adjust his path to God in light of the reality in which his fellow man lives, so as to know him and to serve him better.

By listening to others we pay tribute to God and by abasing others we depart from God’s commandment. On the other hand, ignorance of others is a diminution of God’s right and man’s right.

Dialog is one of the characteristics of the local church and of this country, given the great variety of its religious and cultural communities.

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Al-liqa Visitors

Msgr. Dr. Heinz Detlef Stäps, Head of "International Church Affairs" Department of the Diözese Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany visit

16 November2015

They were welcomed by Dr. Geries S. Khoury, Director of Al-Liqa Center and by Mr. Musa Darwish and Dr. Adnan Musallam, members of the Board of Trustees. After an interested and useful talk about the situation in the Holy Land and in the region, Dr. Khoury presented the guests the works of Al-Liqa and its future programs and plans. . . .
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Al-Liqa New Publications:

 
Al-liqa' Journal in Arabic,  Volume 2 & 3, year 2017
Al-liqa' Journal in English,  Volume 46 & 47, December 2016
Al-liqa' Newsletter in Arabic,  Volume 27, December 2015
Al-liqa' Newsletter in English,  Volume 51, December 2015
New Publication for Dr. Jeries Khoury, a book title: "Christian Arab presence between yesterday and today"
New Publication for Fr. Dr. Rafiq Khoury’s second in a series, a book title: "Christian Presence in the Arab East… Past, Present and Future"
 

Al-Liqa

The Message of Christmas

Christmas comes and we are still living in the world of tearing, divisions and ethnical, religious and sectarian strife in the Middle East and in several countries. Christmas comes again under the ordeals, pains and severe suffering by many peoples in nearby and remote homelands. Christmas comes and we are still seeing violations of man’s dignity such as killing human beings and evacuating them from their homes and homelands. We are still witnessing the killing of the innocent persons praying in places of worship and churches.....more

December 2016


Dr. Yousef Zaknoun
Director of Al-Liqa’ Center
And Director of the Cardinal Martini Institute for Leadership – Bethlehem University

Al-Liqa Conference

Theology and the Local Church in the Holy Land Conference
(Palestinian Contextual Theology Conference)
24th Session
Title:
“Educating on Pluralism in the Palestinian Society”

The Conference was opened with a prayer and a contemplation presented by Father Dr. Rafiq Khoury. It was followed by welcoming speeches by his beatitude Patriarch Michael Sabbah, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al-Liqa’ Center, his eminence Bishop Attallah Hanna and Dr. Yousef Zaknoun, director of Al-Liqa’ Center. The opening speeches revolved around the theme of the conference... more

1-3 December 2016,
 at Grand Park Hotel - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa

A Special Evening In Memory of Dr. Geries S. Khoury
“The founder of Al-Liqa’ Center and its first director”

On the first day of the Theology and the Local Church Conference, an evening honoring the memory of the founder of Al-Liqa’ Center and its first director, the late Dr. Geries Sa’ad Khoury, was held. It was introduced by Mr. Ziad Shlewit, member of Al-Liqa’ Center in the Galilee. He began by saying: “Who among us was not bereaved of his sudden death?  ... more

1 December 2016,
at Grand Park Hotel - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa - Educational program

A New Educational and Cultural Program for the Palestinian Woman

Al-Liqa’ Center is offering a new program for the Palestinian woman which is connected with the educational, social and ethical reality. The program deals with the issues of how we deal with pluralism which exists in the society, and the importance of the educational role of the woman in confronting the negative phenomena ... more

at Al-Liqa’ Lecture Hall - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa Study Day

Wednesday Evening Forum Titled:
“National Agenda after Fifty Years of Occupation”
By Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi, President of PASSIA, Jerusalem

In the headquarters of the Center and at the invitation from Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land, and in the presence of a number of clergymen, academicians and interested people, Dr. Mahdi Abdul- Hadi, president of the Palestinian Academic Society for International Affairs (PASIA) delivered a lecture entitled: “The Palestinian Agenda after Fifty Years of Occupation.” Dr. Abdul- Hadi began his lecture by a historical account of the Palestinian Question.  ... more

21 November 2016,
at Al-Liqa’ Lecture Hall - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa - Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Meeting with A Delegation of Friends of the Center in the Galilee

The Board of Trustees of Al-Liqa’ Center headed by his beatitude Patriarch Michael Sabbah met with a delegation of Friends of Al-Liqa’ Center in the Galilee. Discussion revolved around cooperation, participation, and the continuity of the role of the center, its activities, its message and its historical role in spreading “the values of shared living  ... more

12 November 2016,
at Al-Liqa’ Lecture Hall - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa Publication

Celebrating Issuing a New Book by Father Rafiq Khoury entitled:
“For the Sake of Open Borders between Time and Eternity: The Other… a Grace or Wrath?”
 

The Cardinal Martini Institute for Leadership in Bethlehem University with the cooperation of Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land organized in the Fourno Hall / Bethlehem University, a celebration for issuing a new book by Father Dr. Rafiq Khoury  ... more

20 October 2016 2016,
at Furno hall / Bethlehem University - Bethlehem

 

Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land
proceeds with its various activities such as panels,
annual conferences, publications in both Arabic and English

under the leadership of its
new Director, Dr. Yousef Zaknoun.

 Al-Liqa Wednesday forum

An open forum led by H. B. Patriarch Michael Sabbah
followed by a general discussion

Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi was supposed to have lectured on the topic "The Phenomenon of Violence in Palestinian Society" but military check points prevented him from coming. The event at Al-Liqa’ was attended by community leaders, academicians and many friends of Al-Liqa’. The forum eventually was an open one in which H. B. Patriarch Michael Sabbah led the discussion which revolved around Al-Liqa’ Center following the sudden death of its director ....more

Wednesday 27 July 2016
At Al-Liqa’ Lecture Hall - Bethlehem

 

 Remembrance Public Eulogy for the late Dr. Geries S. Khoury,

The former director of Al-Liqa Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land

Saturday, 9 April 2016
The Virgin Mary Melkite Catholic Church - Bethlehem

 Al-Liqa - Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Al-Liqa’ Center under the leadership of its President H. B. Patriarch Michael Sabbah, has been meeting every week since the sudden death of its Director Dr. Geries S. Khoury on 3 February 2016, in order to continue with the basic mission of Al-Liqa’ Center and its programs which include interfaith dialogue, Palestinian Contextual Theology in the Holy Land, international activities, the publication of Journals, newsletters, books and occasional papers.

22 March 2016
Al-Liqa’ Center - Bethlehem

 

The 40th Memorial Day for Dr. Geries S. Khoury,
Director of Al-Liqa’ Center, former Mayor of Fassouta
and a researcher and lecturer on Local Church Theology
and Muslim-Christian Dialogue

Mass in the Melkite Catholic Mar Elias Church
and Eulogies of Dr. Geries in the Peoples Hall in Fassouta

Saturday, 5 March 2016
The Melkite Catholic Mar Elias Church, Fassouta

 

 

 Funeral of the late Dr. Geries S. Khoury
The director of Al-Liqa Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land

Tuesday 9 February 2016
Fasuta

 Al-Liqa Study Day

A lecture by Mr. Ibrahim Matar titled:
“The Years 1917 and 1948 and the Palestinian Problem”

Friends of Al-Liqa’ Center from the Bethlehem Governorate attended this gathering. Dr. Geries S. Khoury welcomed attendees and introduced the lecturer Mr. Ibrahim Matar, who focused on the Palestinian problem between 1917 and 1948. He emphasized the role of Great Britain in creating the Palestinian debacle and in furthering the creation of Israel and Israeli settlements ....more

Thursday 21 January 2016
At Al-Liqa’ Lecture Hall - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa Conference

Theology and the Local Church in the Holy Land Conference
(Palestinian Contextual Theology Conference)
23rd Session
Title:
“The Church of the Arab East Facing the Takfiri Ideology”

The Conference opened on Friday the 18th with the prayers and welcoming remarks by H. E. Bishop Atallah Hanna, Fr. Dr. Fawzi Khoury and Dr. Geries S. Khoury. The three speeches were centered on the challenges which are facing the inhabitants of the Arab east in general and the Christians in particular.  The conference was attended by tens of leading personalities, educators, community leaders and distinguished leaders from Galilee, and all West Bank Governorates. Among the attendees was H. B. Patriarch Michael Sabbah, President of Al-Liqa’s Board of Trustees, Bishop Maroun Lahham, Fr. Dr. Rafiq Khoury and other nuns and priests ... more

18-20 December 2015,
 at Manger Square Hotel - Bethlehem

 Al-Liqa Christmas Celebration

Al-Liqa’s Annual Christmas Celebration
Christmas Evening

The moderator of this evening was Mr. Ziad Shleweit who introduced this annual Christmas gathering with an impressive speech pointing out that strikes and oppression were as well at the time of the Birth of Jesus hoping that the inhabitants our land, the land of the Prince of peace Jesus Christ, will live in peace and dignity  ....more

18 December 2015,
 at Manger Square Hotel - Bethlehem

 Al-Liqa Partcipation

Dr. Geries S. Khoury participated in The Education Division in the Local council in Mi’ilya organized a panel titled
“Christians in the Arab East: Present Challenges and Future Vision”

Dr. Geries S. Khoury of Al-Liqa’ Center gave an overview of Christian Arab presence in Palestine since the middle of the 17th century which has been diminishing constantly. And now it account less than 1.5% of the total population of Israel and Palestine. He also focused on the causes of Christian emigration and impact on the local church and shared living. ....more

Friday, 11 December 2015
The Theatre Hall, Mi’ilya - Galilee

 Al-Liqa Publication

8 December 2015
Al-Liqa’ Center - Bethlehem

Announcement

Scientific Research

Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land announces
the publication of refereed researches in different subjectsts

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