|Israel||AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED PUBLISHES CATECHISM IN ARABIC|
On the occasion of the Pope's trip to Israel, the international organisation Aid to the Church in Need is publishing its catechism, "I Believe," in Arabic.
Initially, 30,000 copies will be printed and sent to the Latin Patriarchy of Jerusalem. "The Little Catholic Catechism," as it is subtitled, is a 190-page introduction to the Catholic faith.
Aid to the Church in Need is aware that Catholics are a small minority in the region, where Muslims and Jews prevail. The Patriarchy has a total of 77,000 faithful, spread over the vicariates of Jerusalem, Nazareth, Amman, and Cyprus. The vicariate of Jerusalem is also responsible for the Palestinian Latin communities in the Jordanian western region of Ramallah and the Gaza strip.
According to ACN, one of the problems is "the poverty and prohibition to move freely, which makes the situation of many Catholics difficult. One of the consequences is the isolation of entire parishes. Thus, for example, the Palestinian Catholics of Amman cannot cross the border to visit their relatives in Israel."
Zenit (available soon)