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The Idol

The Idol tells the story of how Mohammad Assaf travelled from the Khan Yunis refugee camp in Palestine’s Gaza strip to the Arab Idol competition in Beirut. Since the film is based on real life and the outcome is famously known, the artistic challenge for the filmmaker was to present the story in a fresh way that keeps the viewer engaged,” says The Rev’d Dr Greg Jenks, who is the former Dean of St George’s College, Jerusalem

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Anglican Board of Mission nurturing babies and mothers in Gaza hospital

An inspiring example is the partnership between Anglicans in Development and Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, particularly their child nutrition program. If you were at the hospital today, you might see a nurse in the paediatric unit named Hanan. She’s weighing a baby girl named Manna, the pride and joy of her mum, Heba. In Gaza many babies are born underweight, which is why Heba has brought Manna to Ahli Arab Hospital,” says ABM’s Robert McLean, while inviting readers to ABM’s national Lent appeal launch when Archbishop Hosam Naoum from Jerusalem will speak

"We named our son Ghassan after the Ghassan tribe. People from this group of tribes were present at the birth of the Church at Pentecost. So, we Christians in Galilee are among the original Christians, and remain the continuing people of the area" (The Rev'd Hanna Dally, pictured with Ghassan in Reineh, 2021)
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Post from a Palestinian priest (and St Francis Theological College alumnus)

“One of my favourite memories of my time studying for the priesthood at St Francis Theological College in Brisbane in the mid-1990s was sitting on the steps drinking a XXXX beer…while listening to Palestinian music on CD and looking up at the stars,” says Palestinian priest The Rev’d Hanna Dally, who has a special invitation for Australian Anglican churches

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Archbishop Phillip Aspinall calls us to pray for peace in Palestine and Israel

“Last week I received communications from the National Council of Churches in Australia circulating several statements from the World Council of Churches and the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The statements call for prayers for peace in Palestine, Israel and the Holy City of Jerusalem, and I thus encourage our Diocesan community to join in these prayers,” says Archbishop Phillip Aspinall

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Oh little town of Bethlehem

“In the weeks leading up to Christmas Day, Bethlehem was no doubt spoken of from every church pulpit the world over as people commemorated its significance in our salvation story. However, was Bethlehem only talked about in historical terms as it relates to the Biblical narrative or was there consideration given to the life infants are born into in current day Bethlehem?” asks PIEN’S Nell Potter in this season of Christmastide