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Fr. Rif'at Bader
: The churches of the world were not absent from the most prominent event that has taken place and...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
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: The Chaldean Patriarchate has issued a statement urging the United States to respect the United Nations resolutions relevant to Jerusalem and to restore the status quo of the city. Following is the text of the statement: As a superpower, the United States of America has the obligation to pursue peace, justice and prosperity in the world, rather...More
By Doreen Abi Raad and Dale Gavlak/ Catholic News Service
: Lebanon’s Christian and Muslim leaders denounced the “unjust” decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and demanded that it be reversed. In a December 14 statement at the end of an interreligious summit, the leaders said “that, in addition to violating the laws and international charters,” the decision...More
Agenzia Fides
: Every unilateral attempt to impose Jerusalem as the exclusive capital of the State of Israel represents an "unjust" act and contrary to all international pronouncements concerning the profile of the Holy City. This is what Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros said during the opening of the inter-religious summit at the patriarchal seat of Bkerké to...More
By Hollie McKay/ aina.org
: It should have been a positive, uplifting story: Christian residents of a small, newly liberated town in northern Iraq return home after fleeing ISIS in 2014. But now that the town has been freed by Iraqi forces, many of the Christians who have trickled back -- their livelihoods and homes in ruins, their sense of safety and security shattered --...More
By Saher Kawas/ lpj.org
: On Thursday, December 14, 2017, H.E. Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, Apostolic Delegate for Jerusalem and Palestine and Apostolic Nunico to Israel and Cyprus, made his solemn entry into the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher and presented his Letters of Credence to the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land. It was at Jaffa Gate where the...More

World

Vatican communications department will soon unveil new website

By Hannah Brockhaus/ CNA/EWTN News
: Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals shortly met to continue discussions on reform of the Roman Curia and unveiled a new communications system for the Secretariat for Communications. Taking place at the Vatican December 11-13, all members were present for the meetings, apart from Cardinal George Pell. Pope Francis was present except for Wednesday morning during the general audience, as is ordinary. Fr. Dario Edoardo Viganò, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, presented the new communications system, including a new website and logos, during the 22nd round of meetings. According to a Dec. 13 statement, the “the Vatican media system adopts a new production model based on integration and unified management, in full harmony with the reform desired by Pope Francis.” The center...

Arab World

Inauguration of first church rebuilt in Nineveh Plains since ISIS invasion

By Maria Lozano/ Aid to the Church in Need
: For Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil, who attended the ceremony in Telleskuf on Friday, December 8, the re-consecration of the church of St George was a symbol of hope and victory. He said "Daesh (ISIS) wanted to eliminate the Christian presence here, but ISIS is gone and the Christians of Telleskuf are back." The Chaldean Church in Telleskuf was severely damaged during the invasion by ISIS and was also ransacked and desecrated afterwards. The main structure of the church was not affected, but the repair work needed was nonetheless expensive. As the archbishop explained to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), "the opening of the church of St George in Telleskuf will be a powerful incentive to the other Christian towns and villages. I am moved by the fact...

Holy Land

La Croix: Catholics and Orthodox Christians come together in Jordan to defend Jerusalem

By Jérôme Boruszewski/ la-croix.com
: Over the past few days, thousands of demonstrators have been protesting in Amman, Jordan, against the U.S. President’s decision to recognize the Holy City as the capital of Israel. ***** Christians - Orthodox as well as Catholics - organized a procession in the Jordanian capital on the evening of Wednesday, December 13, to show their disagreement with the U.S. Government’s move. The unity was natural, fed by anger and worry, but also a strong sense of injustice. “For us, Christian and Muslim Arabs, when we lose Jerusalem, we lose everything. We lose the core of our faith because everything began in Jerusalem. We were all born in Jerusalem,” says Father Rif'at Bader, director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Amman. He feels Washington’s unilateral decision boils down to “...