Our Word

By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: The United Nations charters include the term "the culture of peace and non-violence". This culture...More
: The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan has the honor to invite you to attend the Mass to be celebrated by the Apostolic Nunciature in Jordan to mark the 5th anniversary of the election of His Holiness Pope Francis. The Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30pm at Our Lady of Nazareth Church, 6th Circle, Sweifieh, Amman...More
: The cardinal concluded the four-day visit to Doha. He officially started the construction of the first Maronite church in the country. Al-Thani emphasizes the importance of "coexistence" between different faiths. A volume for the national library of Qatar on the roots of Christianity. The appeal to expatriate fellow citizens: Do not be afraid to...More
: Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) continues to help in the reconstruction in the Nineveh Plain – its “Marshall Plan” to support the Christians of Iraq. Less than a year after the opening of the first sites in the villages of Bartella, Karamless, and Qaraqosh, May 8, 2017, the results achieved are encouraging. On March 25, the returnee families...More
By Andrea Tornielli/ lastampa.it
: The popes’ personal valet Angelo Gugel reveals how St. John Paul II’s intercession helped the birth of his fourth daughter. And he speaks of that exorcism in Saint Peter’s Square. Angelo Gugel, now on the threshold of his 83th birthday, begins to tell some episodes of his long life alongside three Popes. The discreet and extremely reserved “valet...More
: A Mass was celebrated by Patriarch John X at the Church of the Holy Christ in Damascus on April 22 on the 5th anniversary of the kidnapping of Aleppo bishops, namely Bishop Youhanna Ibrahim and Bishop Paul Yazigi as well as for all the abducted people. The Mass was concelebrated by several bishops, priests and deacons as well as attended by a...More


Mexican bishops decry the murder of another priest and call for reconciliation

By James Blears/vaticannews.va
: The Mexican Bishops Conference have issue a statement of profound grief, also calling for a new and fresh culture of reconciliation and peace, following the shooting murder of Father Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia, who was killed while he was celebrating Mass with his congregation on the outskirts of Guadalajara, the State capital of Jalisco in Western Mexico. Father Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia was 33 years old. He`d been a priest for just two years. Two gunmen shot him dead as he was conducting the holiest of services in front of his Congregation. They then fled and escaped in a waiting car. Paramedics tried to save his life, but he`d suffered multiple gunshot wounds at point blank range. He`s the second Priest murdered in a week, and the fourth this year. Since 2012, 23 Priests have...

Arab World

5th anniversary of abduction – We continue to pray

: Saturday, April 21, commemorates five years since the tragic abduction by terrorists of their Eminences Metropolitan Paul and Archbishop John, both of Aleppo in Syria. The Church never ceases to pray for these honourable and courageous men who were on a peace mission when their car was attacked. We pray for forgiveness of their malefactors and for the bishops’ safe return to their families and the Church. Lord have mercy!

Holy Land

Jordan: New Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy on the threshold of a new start

: A ceremony marking the assumption of Bishop Joseph Jbara his duties as archbishop of the Melkite Greek Catholic Archeparchy of Petra and Philadelphia was held on Saturday April 21 at the Greek-Melkite Cathedral of St. George, Um Summaq, Amman, and attended by massive Christian and Muslim crowds. At the outset of the Mass marking his assumption of duties, Economos Fr. Boulos Haddad welcomed Bishop Joseph Jbara noting that that this is the threshold of a new start towards the future. Expressing optimism about the future, he says that this is attributed to the fact that this future is guided by God rather than by human whims. He continued: "We plead with Lord Jesus Christ to give you the potential and might to proceed in your mission. May God protect you and give you the power to attain a...