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. . . .


Al-Liqa New Publications:

Al-liqa' Journal in Arabic,  Volume 1, 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"


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
“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


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


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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