Sunday, August 27, 2006

Religion: New U.S. NGO to promote Church-Israel ties

A new NGO, (non-government organisation" called "The Church and Israel Public Education Initiative" has been set up in the U.S. to, "educate the public and to support relations between the Catholic Church and Israeli society, working towards full religious freedom in Israel and helping the Church to enter more in the national conversation."

The aims of the new NGO include: guaranteeing freedom and security for the Church in Israel; supporting the Church in Israel to make a positive contribution to the good of the nation and religious communities in Israel and in neighbouring countries; supporting the evolution among Israelis of this vision of friendship with the Church and the Middle East.

The NGO also proposes to strengthen the friendship between the Church in Israel and Christian communities of the world, and between Christians and Jews.