Our Word

By Fr. Rif’at Bader
: The current major issue is not about the followers of a certain religion; it is rather the...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
By Salvatore Cernuzio/ lastampa.it
: The Secretary of State meets with the Foreign Minister. Concern for Christians in Africa and the Middle East and for the crises in Ukraine and Venezuela. “Dialogue between Catholic and Orthodox Church must be promoted”. Signed a Visa-free diplomatic travel agreement. Russia’s and the Vatican’s shared view on issues such as countering terrorism,...More
: Pope Francis has urged the Methodist and Waldensian Churches to continue to walk together with the Catholic Church on the path towards full Christian unity, pointing out that in a world lacerated by violence and fear it is all the more important to live and to convey the Christian message of welcome and fraternity. The Pope’s words of friendship...More
By Murcadha Flaherty and John Pontifex/ acnuk.org
: Within just one month up to 15,000 displaced Iraqi Christians are expected to return to the town in the ancient Nineveh Plains which suffered the worst violence carried out by Daesh (ISIS). The return of an expected 3,000 families to Qaraqosh comes amid growing concern among parents to secure places for their children at local schools – quickly...More
By Fr. William Grimm/ la-croix.com
: Each year from August 6 to 15, the Catholic Church in Japan marks Ten Days for Peace. The period opens on the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and ends on the commemoration of the day Japan surrendered, ending the most destructive war in human history, World War II. During that time, there are prayers, gatherings, talks and such to...More
: After three years in exile from Iraq's Nineveh Plain while it was occupied by the Islamic State, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena are returning to their homeland to face the daunting challenge of rebuilding their destroyed communities. “Three years ago, we left our homes at night to the unknown. We started a journey of displacement...More


Vatican, Russia agree visa-free diplomatic travel, need for dialogue in Venezuela

By Devin Watkins/ Vatican Radio
: Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergej Lavrov for talks on Tuesday, August 22, during which they discussed issues of international concern and agreed to visa-free diplomatic travel. During the press...

Arab World

The statue of Saint Charbel to be installed on the heights of Kesrouan

Agenzia Fides
: The giant statue of Saint Charbel, Lebanon’s Saint dear to the Maronite tradition has reached the heights of Kesrouan. The statue was transferred Sunday, August 20, from Haret Sakhr, north of Jounieh, to Faraya, on the heights of Kesrouan. To allow the...

Holy Land

The “Luigi Padovese” award given to the Custody of the Holy Land

: The “Luigi Padovese” award for Christians in “hardship-stricken” lands went to the Custody of the Holy Land. The award in memory of the bishop who was murdered in Turkey was conferred in Bibione, Italy, on August 9 in a ceremony at the parish of Santa Maria Assunta. On the 800th anniversary of Franciscan presence in the Holy Land, “the Custody was awarded for being present in a land where Christians are the minority,” explained Fr. Francesco Patton. “And he was recognized for his commitment to safeguarding Christians by taking care of its places and people.” The parish of Bibione, which in the winter only includes a few hundred faithful, is a point of reference in the summer for 200,000 people. Within the series of events scheduled for the summer, the evening of August 9, was entirely...