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By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: For Christians and Muslims in the Arab world and in the Middle East, the New Year began with eyes...More
: Pope Francis urges the people of Peru to “protect their hope”, as he leaves the country, the final stop on his journey in Latin America. Pope Francis has departed Lima following a farewell ceremony at the city’s airport. Before boarding the Pope met with the President of Peru and his wife. Following Mass earlier at the Las Palmas airbase in Lima,...More
By John Allen and Claire Giangravé/ cruxnow.com
: One week after U.S. President Donald Trump sparked a firestorm by allegedly using an obscenity to disparage African nations, although he’s disputed those reports, the Vatican in tandem with other Catholic organizations delivered a major sign of solidarity on Thursday with two of Africa’s most impoverished and conflict-torn nations - the Democratic...More
: His Majesty King Abdullah held talks on Sunday, January 21, with visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on developments related to the Palestinian cause and Jerusalem and the strategic partnership ties between the two countries. The King, during the meeting at Al Husseiniya Palace, welcomed Pence's visit saying: " I am glad we are seeing you here...More
: One of the top religious leaders in the ISIS-scarred region of northern Iraq says assistance from the U.S. in stabilizing the area is vital to ensuring the safe return of Christians and Yazids. "It's important for the Americans to step in," Archbishop of Erbil Bashar Matti Warda said in a recent interview with Fox News at its New York offices. "...More
: The federal government has pledged $55 million in aid for religious and ethnic groups that have faced ISIS persecution in Iraq’s Ninewa Province, drawing praise from the Knights of Columbus, a supporter of humanitarian efforts in the region. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last week that the government will...More


CNA shed light on the priest who serves an unlikely community in Peru’s Amazon

Catholic News Agency (CNA)
: Father Pablo Zabala is a 70-year old Spanish priest, who serves in a remote part of the world: the Peruvian Amazon. Most of the people who fill his church pews are gold miners and sex workers in Boca Colorado - an area that some are likening to the California Gold Rush. Before Zabala began serving in the Amazon, his fellow clergy compared it to Sodom and Gomorrah. “God is in all parts,” Zabala told them, saying he felt a calling to serve with “the life of the common people,” according to The Associated Press. Kabala, a former biologist, has lived in the Amazon for the past 24 years, 10 of which have been spent heading up the parish in Boca Colorado, part of the Madre de Dios region. Pope Francis visited the region’s capital, Puerto Maldonado, on Friday. During his ministry, he has seen...

Arab World

Fr. Bader coveys Patriarch Sabbah's message to Al-Azhar conference

Cairo-The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan
: Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan Fr. Rif’at Bader has conveyed the greetings of Latin Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah to the participants in the international conference which was convened by Al-Azhar in support of Jerusalem and in reaction to the recent US president's decision on the city. Fr. Bader said: "I would like to convey to you a message from the patriarch emeritus of Arab Jerusalem who marks this year his 30th anniversary since assuming his duties as patriarch and whose voice still reverberates in the world." In his message Patriarch Sabbah says:"Jerusalem has its unique nature and identity made by the Almighty God where it witnessed the first divine revelation. As historical events went by, it was Jewish, then Christian and later Islamic. This...

Holy Land

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa pays a brief visit to Paris

Cécile Klos/ lpj.org
: Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostol, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, visited the French capital for on day. Accompanied by Fr. Wissam Al Massadeh, a priest of the diocese of Jerusalem who is currently studying in Paris, he was able to meet many personalities. This Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Archbishop Pizzaballa devoted his day to many visits and meetings in Paris. After concelebrating Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, the Archbishop went to the Collège des Bernardins. This cultural center of the diocese of Paris offers many courses that cater to both clergy and faithful. He later met the priestly community of the parish of Saint Charles de Monceau in which Fr. Wissam is staying for his year of study at the Center of Sèvres. In the afternoon...