Our Word

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader
: With the passing away of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-...More
By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org
: Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, the 77th Maronite Antioch and head of the Maronite Church, is scheduled to arrive in Jordan in Monday, July 23, on a visit that will last until Thursday, July 26. Upon arrival, he will be welcomed by the Lebanese ambassador to Jordan and the Lebanese community in Jordan. Cardinal Rahi will...More
By Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org
: The Fountain of Love Choir toured Romania and Hungary on July 5-16, during which it presented the first Jordanian Oratorio titled, "Jesus is the Fountain of Love" which deals with the life of Lord Jesus since the start of Creation to Lord Jesus 'Ascension. It also presented Byzantine and oriental hymns and other lyrics. The chorus was accompanied...More
By Gianni Valente/ lastampa.it
: The primate of the Chaldean Church rereads the day of prayer and reflection with Pope Francis and the heads of the Churches present in the Middle East, and reveals: “There was also talk of unifying the date for the Easter celebration”. On the day of reflection and prayer on the Middle East, convoked last 7 July in Bari by Pope Francis, the leaders...More
By Doreen Abi Raad/ ncregister.com
: For the fifth consecutive year, Lebanon and all of the Middle East has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The consecrations were in response to a request of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East held in the Vatican in October 2012 under Pope Benedict XVI. Building up momentum for the first consecration in June 2013, the “Mother...More
Dead Sea/ en.abouna.org
: The 7th Regional Canon Conference titled, "Towards an Ecclesiastical Canon Culture in Marriage" kicked off Wednesday, July 18, off the Dead Sea. The conference is held in cooperation with the Pontifical University of Lateran in Rome as well the Latin ecclesiastical courts in both Jerusalem and Amman. Fr. Emile Salayta opened the conference by...More


New book launched to mark WCC’s 70th anniversary

: The World Council of Churches (WCC) has published a book by British ecumenist Rev. Dr Donald W. Norwood presenting the story of the global church network since its creation in 1948. Pilgrimage of Faith: Introducing the World Council of Churches offers a lively and informative historical sketch of the organization and is a key resource to mark WCC’s 70th anniversary. The book traces the history of the WCC in a fresh and vivid retelling of its ten global assemblies held on five continents in which key ecumenical themes were explored such as church unity, ecumenical prayer, care of creation, anti-racism, and support of women’s role in church and society. The book includes a gallery of historic photos, reproductions of assembly posters, and a timeline showing the ten assemblies and their...

Arab World

British MPs visit Christians in northern Iraq

: Liam Allmark, Head of Public Affairs at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, joined a delegation of UK MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kurdistan on a visit to the autonomous region in northern Iraq in May 2018. Attending as an observer at the invitation of the APPG, Liam has written this report. Our Bishops do not align themselves to any political party. However, the Catholic community in England and Wales has a strong connection with the Christian community in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, so it was a welcome opportunity to accompany British MPs on this visit and join in some of their conversations. Christianity has ancient roots in this part of the world and, despite the enormous challenges their community has faced, Christians continue to play an...

Holy Land

AUM, Hasselt University sign a memorandum of understanding

: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Wednesday, July 18, by the American University of Madaba (AUM) and the University of Hasselt in Belgium. The MOU aims to exchange students between the two universities, which allows students to study for one or two semesters at American and/or European universities with the same local fees. The MOU also aims at promoting scientific, academic and cultural activities between the two universities. This comes in line with the University's policy of signing MoUs with world renowned universities in the United States and Europe. The signing ceremony was held at the American University of Madaba with the attendance of some of the administrative and academic members.