Press reports have indicated that Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem and the Pontifical Mission in Jerusalem have announced the results of a survey study on Christian institutions operating in the Holy Land.
This study is timely as it reveals the great role played by the ecclesiastical institutions in the Holy Land at a time when this crucial role is designed to help alleviate the suffering of people in times of suffering, particularly with the current spread of Corona pandemic.
This study unveiled the invaluable role being played by Church institutions in the Holy Land, as people in times of difficulties have no options but to resort to Christian institutions that provide the panacea in the wake of any emerging chronic problem. Apart from this, the Catholic Church in the Holy Land has all the time responded to human illness both by caring for and healing the sick and by expressing concern for them.
With the study covering 296 Christian institutions in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip, it showed that these institutions play a leading role in employment, as there are 9098 employees (5,017 are Christians and 4,081 are Muslims).
The study points out that $416 million are spent annually in vital sectors like medical care, social services, vocational training, and development aid. It adds that a total of four hospitals out of six in Jerusalem, namely 67 per cent of the hospitals, are affiliated with Churches. They treat 330,000 people every year and provide high-quality services covering a host of diseases. Thanks to the Christian development and humanitarian activities conducted by the Church institutions that continue to provide the necessary and vital support to the members of needy people.
Employment is a key issue that sustains life and gives hope to people all the time. Viewing global reports in the field of employment, one can realize that almost all world countries have problems with efforts designed to minimize the rate of unemployment which has been wreaking havoc in the new generations who seek to excel in life through productive work.
The Catholic Church's various institutions which include universities, schools, hospitals, clinics and others have been making double- pronged services, namely by providing needed services to societies and alleviating the chronic problem of unemployment.
In Jordan, it is important to mention the noble and humanitarian activities conducted by Caritas Jordan--apart from other Catholic Church-affiliated institutions--which was born in 1967 with the aim of turning the bleak nights into bright light days inspired by the divine power.
Caritas Jordan has all the time worked tirelessly to fulfill its love message to the poor and needy by the good work of groups and individuals offering medical and humanitarian services.
It has all the time been conveying invaluable service by assisting the poor and the needy, providing primary medical services to mothers and children, assisting refugees and displaced in addition to victims of wars and disasters, working with governmental and voluntary corporations as well as with Caritas International members to achieve the desired goals.
The role played by Caritas Jordan during the past years has been pivotal and vital as it provided all kinds of humanitarian services to the local communities as well as Iraqi and Syrian refugees who fled their homes, lost all hope in life, and found a safe haven in Jordan.
The study conducted by Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem and the Pontifical Mission in Jerusalem is worthy to be studied in depth so as to further analyze the nonpareil activities conducted by the Christian institutions operating in the Holy Land.