Our Word

By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: My yearning to visit Iraq for the first time in my life was great as I was part of a visiting...More
: The Apostolic Nunciature in Jordan held a religious ceremony on Monday, April 25, marking the 5th anniversary of the election of His Holiness Pope Francis which is regarded as a national holiday in the Holy See. Marking the anniversary, Apostolic Nuncio in Amman Archbishop Alberto Ortega Martín celebrated Mass at St. Mary of Nazareth Church in...More
By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan marks its sixth anniversary on April 25. The CCSM was launched on April 25, 2012 to serve as a media arm for the Latin Patriarchate, and to function in an ecumenical atmosphere designed to serve all the Churches as well as to promote affiliation to homeland and humanity. Considering the...More
: A presentation of a copy of the book, ‘Italian Artists in the Holy Land’ was held at the Vatican Museums, also known as “The Pope’s Museums,” on April 19. Among those present for the ceremony were the Director of the Vatican Museums, Barbara Jatta, and the Custos of the Holy Land, Friar Francesco Patton. This volume highlights the work of the...More
: His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday, April 24, attended the 2018 King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week prize ceremony at Al Husseiniya Palace and presented awards to the winners. Launched by the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought in 2013, the annual prize is awarded to three activities or texts that best promote the values...More
: The "legitimate request" of the Armenian people is not only for "the acknowledgement of the genocide" but also reparations for "the harm sustained, on the basis of international conventions and the Declaration of Human Rights,” writes Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church, in an article in L'Orient-Le Jour, a Lebanese...More


“I was the butler of three Popes, let me tell you about Wojtyla’s miracle ˮ

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” comes from Miane, in Veneto, and was a pontifical policeman at the end of Pius XII‘s pontificate, he used to work in the Governorate during Paul VI’s pontificate and in 1978 he found himself to be John Paul I’s butler. Since then he has never left the papal apartment, and after 33 days with Pope Luciani, he served uninterruptedly for 27 years his successor Karol Wojtyla. He remained in office, despite having reached retirement age, even during...

Arab World

Syria: Reconstruction continues in Nineveh Plain, Christian families return home

: 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 throughout Nineveh Plain were 8,213, more than 42 per cent of the 19,452 forced to flee because of the invasion of the Islamic State in August 2014. Private homes destroyed by jihadists in two years were over 13,088, of which 1,234 totally destroyed. So far, 3,249 have been repaired. To coordinate the work is the Committee for the reconstruction of Nineveh, set up on March 27, 2017, by the three churches of Iraq: Chaldean, Syrian Catholic and Syrian...

Holy Land

Monsignor Khaled Akasheh to lecture on Inter-religious dialogue

: The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan has the honor to invite you to attend an important lecture to be delivered by Monsignor Khaled Akasheh, head of the Office for Relations with Islam at the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, titled “25 Years in the Service of the Christian-Islamic Dialogue” on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 8:00pm. Monsignor Akasheh was born in Karak, Jordan, on 15 December 1954. After study in the elementary school of the parish in his native city, he entered the Seminary of the Latin Patriarcate of Jerusalem at Beit Jala, Palestine, in 1966, where he completed his preparatory and secondary studies. He was ordained a priest on 30 June 1978. From 1978 until 1982, he served as vicar in the Latin parish of Madaba (Jordan). Thereafter, he was appointed...