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 New Publications:

Al-liqa' Journal in English,  Volume 48 & 49, 2017
Al-liqa' Journal in Arabic,  Volume 1, year 2017
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 Cultural Forum

Cultural Forum
A panel titled:

 “Playing with geography and archaeology to efface Arabic history in Jerusalem.”

Lecturer: Dr. ‘Umar ‘Abed-Rabbou

15 October 2018
Al-Liqa’ Lecture Hall - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa Cultural Forum

Cultural Forum
 “The youth group meeting”

12 October 2018
Al-Liqa’ Lecture Hall - Bethlehem

Al-Liqa - Message


Brothers, Sisters and Friends of Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious, Heritage and Cultural Studies in the Holy Land

Greetings coupled with the best wishes,

Recently I received contacts from a number of the friends and lovers of Al-Liqa’ Center inquiring about the “activities of the Center and its proceedings.”

I am very happy because there are enthusiastic and devoted persons   to the message of the Center and its intellectual and cultural heritage which was begun by the late Dr. Geries Sa’ad Khoury. Out of honesty and objectivity, it is inevitable to point out that the Center is going through a financial crisis like many of the Palestinian educational, cultural and religious institutions. ... more


Al-Liqa - Cultural Forum

Father Dr. Jose Garcia from Madrid University visited Al-Liqa’ Center   A lecture entitled “Faith and the Mind” -
6 Octob er 2018 at Al-Liqa’ Center Lecture Hall - Bethlehem


Cultural Forum   “Language and Culture” new session -
5 October 2018 at Al-Liqa’ Center Lecture Hall - Bethlehem


Cultural Forum   “The cultural and spiritual meeting” -
28 September 2018 at Al-Liqa’ Center Lecture Hall - Bethlehem



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


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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