Our Word

By Fr. Rif’at Bader
: In the Church liturgical rite, this prayer is frequently said: "O Lord, grant us the wisdom to know...More
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp/ vaticannews.va
: After reciting the Angelus on Sunday, June 17, before thousands gathered in St Peter's Square, Pope Francis expressed an appeal for the people of Yemen and for refugees. “I am following the dramatic circumstances of the people of Yemen”, the Pope said after concluding the recitation of the Angelus before thousands gathered in St Peter’s Square....More
By John Allen/ cruxnow.com
: Though Catholicism is always full of drama, which is what makes it so utterly fascinating, some things are more dramatic than others. While 2018 is only halfway over, my early nominee for the most compelling Catholic storyline of the year comes from Iraq and the Nineveh Plains Reconstruction Project. Inés San Martín and I just returned from a week...More
: The Holy See on June 13, 2018, affirmed its concerns about escalating violence in the Middle East, especially the need to protect civilians. The concerns came in a statement by Archbishop Bernardito Auza Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Thirty-Eighth Plenary Meeting of the Tenth Emergency Special...More
By Carolyn Kaberline/ theleaven.org
: Any family with a religious vocation certainly feels blessed. But Dick and LuAnne Montgomery experienced a double blessing when two of their sons decided on religious vocations. Scott, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, was ordained May 28, and Rusty, now a friar in the same order, will be ordained in two years. So how did one...More
By John Allen/ruxnow.com
: Over the centuries, the Middle East has always been a land where expectations tend to experience especially tough collisions with reality, so it probably should be no surprise that a massive effort to rebuild the Christian village which was the epicenter of a brutal ISIS onslaught in 2014 has, at its heart, three grand paradoxes. Qaraqosh - or, as...More


United States restores Columbus Letter to the Vatican

: The U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Callista L. Gingrich, returned a recovered copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus to its rightful home at the Vatican Library today Thursday, June 14. This act was confirmed in Tweets of the official Italian and English sites of the Vatican Library, which stated: “U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, @CallyGingrich, returned this morning a recovered copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus to its rightful home at the Vatican Library. @USinHolySee #ColumbusLetter.” Ambassador Gingrich, along with representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) presented the letter to the Vatican’s Archivist and Librarian, Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P. and the Library’s Prefect, Bishop...

Arab World

US Vice President Pence tackles stalled Iraqi aid plan

: Amid disturbing news reports that delivery of vital U.S. assistance for persecuted Iraqi Christians and Yazidis had stalled, Vice President Mike Pence renewed the groundbreaking pledge he made back in October, when he announced that aid for underserved religious minorities would bypass the United Nations and go directly to Iraqi church groups, through the U.S. Agency for International Development. “President Trump and Vice President Pence made restoring the rights and property of Iraq’s Christian and Yazidi communities a top and unceasing priority,” read Pence’s statement, released June 8. “The vice president will not tolerate bureaucratic delays in implementing the administration’s vision to deliver the assistance we promised to the people we pledged to help.” Previously, U.S. relief had...

Holy Land

Pilgrims mark Day of Pilgrimage to the shrine of the Lady of the Mount in Anjara

: Over 3,000 believers from various Catholic churches in the Kingdom on Friday, June 15, celebrated the Christian pilgrimage to the shrine dedicated to the Lady of the Mount in the township of Anjara in Ajloun Governorate, northern Jordan, which is one of the main sites approved by the Vatican for pilgrimage since the Jubilee of the Great Year 2000. During the celebration, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa welcomed the believers who came from all regions of the Kingdom to honor Virgin Mary. He also thanked the priests and nuns of the 'Incarnate Word' for the assiduous efforts they have been exerting in caring for the parishioners and for the Marian shrine over the past years. Archbishop Pizzaballa also extended, on...