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Department of Religious Studies

Cardinals Encouraged by Faculty and Students

Peace, freedom and security for all!

"Let us pray for this University, for the Christian Brothers and for its students and teachers, who are working together to keep up hope in the midst of the difficulties that the Israeli occupation imposes the people of this area. We ask for peace, freedom and security for all," Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of Congregation for Oriental Churches, prayed as he knelt before the Tabernacle at Bethlehem University's Chapel of the Divine Child during his visit in February 2008. The Vatican, through the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and the De La Salle Christian Brothers are the co-founders of Bethlehem University, the only Catholic university in the Holy Land and the first university established in the West Bank.

Students are our hope for a better future!

"I'm delighted to hear that people belonging to different religions and denominations live together so well on a grassroots level here in Bethlehem. Many things that are going on in this region are a shame. We have to overcome these. What I have seen here at Bethlehem University gives me great hope. Your students are the hope for our better future," Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, commented during his visit in November 2007, when Br. Daniel Casey, Vice Chancellor, presented the Bethlehem University Medal of Honor.

Without the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, it simply would not be possible to continue our work!

"I would like to thank you in the name of the University's students, faculty and staff. Without the tremendous moral and financial support Bethlehem University receives from the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, it simply would not be possible to continue our work," Brother Robert, acting Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said as he presented the Bethlehem University Medal of Honor to Cardinal John Patrick Foley, Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem (EOHSJ) during his visit in January 2008.


Bethlehem University Foundation
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Bethlehem, Palestine