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Dr. Yousef Zaknoun, Director of Al-Liqa Centre of Religious, Heritage & Cultural Studies
Engineer George Bassous, General Manager, Convention Palace, Bethlehem
Ms Suad Younan, the moderator of the second session, with Bishop Rafic Nahra, Latin Patriarchal Vicar of Galilee, Nazareth
Archbishop Atallah Hanna, Archbishop of Sebastia from the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Bishop Rafic Nahra, Latin Patriarchal Vicar of Galilee, Nazareth
Dr. Thomas Walsh, Chairman, Universal Peace Federation International
Mr. Ziad El Sayegh, CEO, The Civic Influence Hub, Beirut
Dr. Yousef Zaknoun, Director of Al-Liqa’ Centre of Religious, Heritage & Cultural Studies
His Beatitude Pierre Battista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
Ms. Miriam Awad (left), moderator of session one, with Dr. Vera BabounBaboun, Member in the Palestinian National Council (PNC) and General Union of Palestinian Women, Bethlehem
Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro, the scientific director of the Lanza Foundation, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Rome
Dr. Maha Karkabi Sabbah, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Family Studies, Shefaram
Dr. Vera Baboun, Member in the Palestinian National Council (PNC) and General Union of Palestinian Women, Bethlehem
Dr. Raed Abdel Massih, moderator of session two
Bishop Youssef Matta, Archbishop of Acre, Haifa, Nazareth and all Galilee of the Melkite Greek Catholics – Haifa, with Bishop Munib Younan
Bishop Munib Younan, Palestinian Emeritus Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land – Jerusalem
Dr. Waleed Shomali, moderator of session three
Dr. Qustandi Shomali, Professor of Palestinian Literature, Journalism and Translation, Bethlehem University, Beit-Sahour
Dr. Bernard Sabella, Director of Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR), Jerusalem
(Left to Right) Dr. Bernard Sabella, Dr. Qustandi Shomali and Dr. Waleed Shomali
Ms. Ibtisam Muallem, moderator of session four
Mr. Ziad Shlewet, journalist, writer and editor in Sunnara paper, Shefaram “Identity and Ethnicity: Manifestations of Christian Fragmentation”
Dr. Charlie Haddad, Director General of the Evangelical Lutheran Schools in Palestine, Jerusalem
Ms. Hanadi I. Soudah-Younan, Dean of Arts and Chairperson of the English Department at Bethlehem University

Bethlehem, Palestine—The Al-Liqa’ Center for Religious, Heritage and Cultural Studies in the Holy Land held its 29th Annual International Conference on November 25 and 26, 2022.

The Conference on the theme "The Reality of the Church and Christians in the Middle East” was co-sponsored by the Universal Peace Federation.

There were approximately 60 people attending the conference in person at the Convention Palace in Bethlehem. In addition, there were about 25 online connections.

The conference consisted of six sessions over the two day period.

Click on the links below for the session reports.

 Al-Liqa’ Conference: Day 1, Sessions 1 and 2

 Al-Liqa’ Conference: Day 2, Session 1

 Al-Liqa’ Conference: Day 2, Session 2

 Al-Liqa’ Conference: Day 2, Sessions 3 and 4

 Al-Liqa’ Conference: Closing Statements and Recommendations

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