News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Gaza church pic Holy Family Parishbanner.jpg
Prayers at Holy Family Parish Church (ACN)
Gaza church pic Holy Family Parish.jpg
Prayers at Holy Family Parish Church (ACN)
World News

One priest looking after 512 Christians sheltering at Gaza's only Catholic church

by Donna Birrell

The Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) says that one priest and seven religious sisters are looking after 512 Christians who are sheltering from the conflict at Gaza’s only Catholic church. For the past two weeks, the area around Holy Family Parish Church has suffered intense military clashes and shelling.

The faithful taking refuge include 120 children and 84 people who are over the age of 65. ACN says they have daily Mass, pray the Rosary together and are given catechesis (education on Catholicism).

However, the children are said to be even closer to their faith than ever before.

The parish organises activities for children and meetings for trauma healing through prayer, with help from the staff of the St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Centre, which moved to the Holy Family compound after its building was bombed.

The local source said that those sheltering at the church “are all exhausted – no one can really experience what they are going through”.

He added: “With God’s grace, our children are now even closer to their faith than ever before.

“It is a very special Easter. We are closer than ever to the crucified Saviour.”

Sister Nabila Saleh of the Rosary Sisters – one of the Sisters staying at the Holy Family Church – requested prayers for peace.

She said: “Pray for us, pray for the whole population, that this war might end.”

Hundreds of people have taken refuge in the Holy Family Parish Church since the conflict between Israel and Hamas began in October. In December the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem confirmed that shrapnel from Israeli military strikes on buildings in the vicinity of the Holy Family Church had destroyed water tanks and solar panels on the roof of the church. Other buildings in the parish complex were also damaged.

Last month ACN reported that, out of about 1,000 Christians remaining in Gaza, 30 have lost their lives because of the conflict – 19 have been killed by military action and 11 have died due to a lack of medical care.


A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email