28/01/2016 3:36 pm
It's a bit too late for Happy New Year greetings but today does see us enter our modest radio studio for the first Middle East Analysis podcast of 2016.
The focus for today's programme is the Holy Land Coordination - a week long pilgrimage made by bishops from across Europe, North America and South Africa to visit and support the local Christian communities of the Holy Land.
This year, the visit took place from 7 - 14 January and saw the delegation spend just over 24 hours in Gaza before returning to Bethlehem to visit the Christian community of Beit Jala and to witness the latest developments in the Cremisan Valley - more on that 'incident' in the podcast.
The Bishops then traveled to Amman, Jordan, to meet with Iraqi refugees and the Christian NGOs working alongside them.
We are, of course, joined by our regional analyst, the international lawyer and consultant to our bishops Dr Harry Hagopian and also we're very pleased to welcome Bishop Declan Lang, our Chair of International Affairs and the bishop who led the Holy Land delegation.
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Total duration: 44m 36s
Don't have 45 minutes spare to listen to the whole podcast? Here are some clips from our audioBoom account covering four key points.
Israeli military turns bishops away from Cremisan
Homeless Refugees on the Syria/Jordan Border
ISIS rearing its head in GAZA
Christian by faith, Muslim by culture?
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An article on the Holy Land Coordination on Dr Harry Hagopian's website.
Dr Harry Hagopian