Holy Lands

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On July 10, 2020, a Turkish court ruled the reconverting of the current status of Hagia Sophia as a museum into a mosque, after deciding that the decree of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, modern Turkey’s...
The solemnity of the Dedication of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, dating back to 15th July 1149, was commemorated and celebrated on Wednesday 15th July, according to tradition. Consecrated in...
The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) is the brainchild of Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader. The CCSM, with a handful members of staff, has outshined several media centers worldwide for having crossed...
Ms. Wafa’ Qsous, director of the Middle East Council of Churches office in Jordan the director of the Orthodox Initiative in Jordan visited the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan...
The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land has been reactive to the difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in the Holy Land, providing food aid. It is Fr. Peter Vasko, a Franciscan friar and...
The Turkish court ruling, on Thursday, July 10, and the decree issued by the Turkish president on changing the status quo of historical Hagia Sophia (which means holy wisdom), officially inscribed on...
On Thursday, July 2, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and the Holy Land Bishop Paul Marcuzzo consecrated with chrism a total of 32 children of the parishioners of the Church of Jesus the...
On Wednesday, July 8, His Holiness, Pope Francis named Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali new member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, among other...
Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, has spoken about the Church’s commitment to supporting the thousands of families affected...
Fr Jean-Daniel Gullung, superior of the Assumptionist community and rector of Saint Peter in Gallicantu for nine years. In a few days, he will hand over to his successor, before leaving for France...
Following are the changes and the new assignments that have taken place at the Jesuit Center in Amman/ Jordan: 1. CHANGES Father Robert McChesney, S.J., has a new assignment in the USA ; Father...
Following is the text of statement dated July 7 and issued by heads of the Churches and Christian communities in Jerusalem who express standing united in their commitment to safeguard the historical...
Please find below the new priests’ assignments in the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for the year 2020-2021. These changes will take effect on August 15, 2020, unless something different is...
Following is the text of the message sent by Most Rev. Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo. Bishop and Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, to Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader marking his 25th anniversary of...
Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader celebrated his silver jubilee of priesthood during the solemn thanksgiving Holy Mass he celebrated at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Our Lady of Peace Center in Amman on July...
This year 2020, and despite the difficulties and closures that the Holy Land went through because of the outbreak of COVID-19, the Diocese of Jerusalem was able to celebrate, with joy and...
The Rosary Sisters who serve in northern Jordan have held their annual spiritual retreat under the title, "The New Human Being and the Birth from Above". The annual spiritual sport, which is usually...
Graduation time in the Holy Land, also in this particular year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. After a long period spent at home, with students busy taking classes online, the institutes reopened...
On Sunday, June 28, the eve of the Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, the Augustinians and Oblates of the Assumption invited, as is tradition, religious communities and a few faithful to come...
As tradition has it in the Holy Land, on Wednesday, July 1, the Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ was celebrated at the Basilica of the Agony in Gethsemane, just outside the...