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Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers in Bethlehem, West Bank (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Shomali says it is painful to see violence return to Jerusalem

Father Aktham Hijazin of Beit Jalla, West Bank, distributes Communion as he celebrates Mass Sept. 3 in the Cremisan Valley. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)

A separation barrier was put up in the Cremisan Valley in August

Benedictine Father Nikodemus Schnabel poses for a photo inside a chapel in the Dormition Abbey on Mt Zion in Jerusalem (CNS)

The Benedictine Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha was damaged in an arson attack in June

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem leads a pilgrimage near the Jordan River (AP)

‘The parish priests are tired, the donors are tired and the people are tired,’ says Holy Land leader

The attack on the church has been widely condemned (CNS photo/courtesy Catholic Church in Jerusalem)

Israel is considering labelling the fire a terrorist attack

Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun listens as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal speaks at a news conference at a convent in Cremisan Valley in Beit Jala, West Bank (CNS)

The security wall would have divided a Catholic monastery

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have increased

Violence mounts following synagogue murders

Patriarch Twal visits Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan (CNS)

Patriarch Fouad Twal said that violence led to more violence

Palestinian civil defense officers inspect the rubble of a destroyed tower shortly after the ceasefire was announced (CNS)

Catholic agencies are assessing the level of need following the cease-fire

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem (CNS)

‘We need the politicians to be with us,’ says Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal