Our Word

By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: Whoever reads the biography of the late Karam Mseih will highly value a man who excelled and served...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
: His Majesty King Abdullah II on Wednesday,November 22, received a delegation of the World Council of Churches (WCC), currently visiting the Kingdom to participate in the meeting of the executive committee of the WCC being held in Amman. During the meeting, King Abdullah assured the delegation that Jordan, stemming from the Hashemite custodianship...More
By Fr. Rif’at Bader
: Reports on Lebanon are being highlighted, as it is again the focus of prayers by Christians of the East and the world. The surprising absence of the Lebanese prime minister from the political arena has almost caused confusion and a huge political vacuum in this "small" country. Furthermore, the recent visit of Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai to...More
: In compliance with the campaign launched by Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO), in cooperation with Jordanian Professional Associations and civil society institutions, Caritas Jordan has donated a sum of JD10,000 is support of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims. This was reported during the visited carried out on Tuesday, November 21 by Latin...More
Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis has sent a video message of greetings and blessings to the people of Bangladesh as he prepares to undertake a 3-day apostolic journey to the nation from the 30 November to 2 December. It comes as the second leg of a journey that also takes him to Myanmar from 27 to 30 November. In his message the Pope said he is looking forward to...More
By Joshua J. Mcelwee/ lastampa.it
: Pope Francis will undertake one of the most overtly political foreign visits of his papacy in late November, traveling to the Catholic minority countries of Myanmar and Bangladesh. Pope Francis will undertake one of the most overtly political foreign visits of his papacy in late November, traveling to the Catholic minority countries of Myanmar and...More


USA: Museum of the Bible opens with prayer and fanfare

By Adelle M. Banks/ religionnews.com/
: With Scripture readings, a tribute to God and a sigh of relief, an international array of officials opened the Museum of the Bible in the nation’s capital. “We want to just take a moment and stop and celebrate and rejoice that this dream is coming true,” said museum co-founder Steve Green, who exhaled audibly before speaking Friday (November 17) to more than 400 people in the new museum’s World Stage Theater. “This is a dream of millions all over the world that love this book, that use it as a guide for their life, and we just want to take some time and celebrate and dedicate this space to our God.” Green, the president of the Hobby Lobby craft store business, and his family are the primary funders of the 430,000-square-foot building with views of the U.S. Capitol and the Washington...

Arab World

Masrour Barzani: Kurdistan will continue to protect Christians

: Masrour Barzani, chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, said on Thursday, November 16, that Kurdistan would continue to protect Christians in the Nineveh Plain and reiterated the group should remain in their regions. Chancellor Barzani met the Archbishop of the Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matte Warda, and stated that “Kurdistan was and will remain a model of coexistence and tolerance for religious and other minorities.” Warda confirmed that “The Kurdistan region is the safest place for Christians to live,” and emphasized that the international community should offer greater support for Kurdistan and its Christians. The two discussed the situation of Christians in Kurdistan and Iraq, especially the Christians of the Nineveh Plain. Warda pointed out that the displaced...

Holy Land

Feast of St. Mary Alphonsine celebrated in Beit Jala

By Waseim Kasabry/ lpj.org
: On Sunday, November 19, 2017, and on the occasion of the feast of Saint Marie Alphonsine Gattas, the daughter of Palestine and the founder of the Rosary Sisters, Our Lady of Annunciation church in Beit Jala celebrated a solemn Mass presided by parish priest Fr. Hanna Massad and concelebrated by Fr. Issa Hijazeen and Deacon Ala’ Ba’eer. Moreover, parishioners celebrated the Palestinian Heritage day and Olive harvest season. The solemn Mass started with the entrance procession of parishioners wearing the Palestinian traditional dress, as a reminder of the ancient history and culture of Palestine. In his homily, Fr. Hanna highlighted the feast of Saint Mary Alphonsine, who had lived in sanctity serving the society. Also, on the occasion of olive harvest season, Fr. Hanna noted that “today we...