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Pope Francis has called upon “all those in authority to redouble their efforts to work with all men and women in Kenya to bring an end to such violence and to hasten the dawn of a new era of...
Jihadists have attacked a university residence killing 147 people. Shock testimonies speak of “decapitated corpses”. Good Friday came a day early for Christian students studying at Kenya’s Garissa...
Alleluia, Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia! Easter Sunday, the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord, is really a feast of Jerusalem. All across the world today, Christians in...
Palm branches, cries of hosanna: As in the rest of the world, Palm Sunday was the start of Holy Week for Catholics in Iraq. In Malabrwan, a small Christian village in the north of the country dozens...
In 1992, I was just approaching the end of my sixth year as permanent observer to the United Nations in New York. The then-secretary of state, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, wanted to transfer me to Brazil...
The abouna.org site has the pleasure to post the excelling painting of artist Robert Giacaman, which represents the two new saints Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas and Blessed Mariam of Jesus...
The Bishop Emeritus of Novara, chosen by the Pope to write a meditation booklet for Holy Friday, said this in a statement to Vatican Radio. Pope Francis’ first homily, in which he referred to the...
My visit to the Italian capital on the first week of March was split into two parts, namely meetings in order to develop religious tourism and a meeting with the Pope in order to present to him the...
The Coptic Orthodox Church quickly recognized the 21 Coptic faithful beheaded by ISIS in Libya as martyrs who will be included in calendar of saints. A question arose whether the Catholic Coptic...
Two Catholics have given their lives to prevent a bigger massacre. At the funeral, the Archbishop of Lahore called on Christians to react “with prayers only”. Their names were Akash Bashir (19) and...
On this very day, March 13, but in the year 2013, a new Pontiff stood at the podium in the Vatican and gave himself a simple name "Francis". He emerged without wearing the traditional red attires on...
What is an indulgence and what is the tradition based on? Martin Luther was scandalised by the abuse of indulgences. What is the significance of indulgences today? “From this moment, we entrust this...
The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan has expressed pride in the historic speech made by His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein to the Jordanian people. A statement released...
Following suicide attacks at Christian churches in Pakistan Sunday, March 15, Pope Francis begged God to bring an end to persecution of Christians around the world. The pontiff also indirectly...
His Majesty's King Abdullah 11’s speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week had a resounding impact among world leaders and peoples since he affirmed that Jordan will not allow the...
n a surprise announcement, Francis has declared an Extraordinary Holy Year which will begin on 8 December 2015 and conclude on 20 November 2016, the Feast of Christ the King. The Holy Door will be...
Fr. Rafiq Khoury, one of the priests of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, has issued his second book of the new series which can be added to more than 15 books he had authored. He is also the...
Pope Francis on Sunday, March 8, again stressed mercy as a key church teaching, saying Jesus always cleans out hearts with kindness. The pontiff also thanked women for building "a more human and...
Fourth Sunday of Lent (Year B) March 15 (2 Chronicles 36:14-17a, 19-23; Psalm 137; Ephesians 2:4-10; John 3:14-21) People have always struggled to make sense out of the clash of armies and swirl of...
In the audience with the Neocatechumenal Way founded by Kiki Arguello, on Saturday March 7,the Pope confirmed their call and blessed their charism. "I’m doing that not because I’ve been paid to: No!...