Holy Lands

A threatening letter was sent to the General Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate in Nazareth, Boulos Marcuzzo, which stated that Arab Christians had until May 5, 2014 to leave the country. If they did...
The spike in the migration of Christians today in Iraq is very worrying and frightening. A year and a few months ago, I received the presidency of the Chaldean Church and visited most of the cities,...
On Sunday April 27, 2014, the Galilee witnessed a new series of anti-Christian acts of violence and vandalism from the side of Orthodox Jews. Following is a statement issued by the Assembly of the...
Pope Francis’ visit to the Kingdom is a testimony that Jordan is a hub of peace and stability, Tourism Ministry officials told reporters on Monday. Tourism Minister Nidal Katamine said the government...
We are in the place that Pope Francis has chosen to embrace, in Jordan, the small and humble: Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the site of the Baptism of Jesus. Here, on May 24, in the as yet unfinished...
“When the Pope comes to Jordan, we Christians dream of having at least half-an-hour to talk to him...” Wael Suleiman is the young executive director of Caritas Jordan and those words that slip from...
Patriarch Fouad Twal celebrated the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection of our Lord at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday, April 20, 2014. Following is a translation of his homily: Dear...
Work is currently under way to turn the key Christian archaeological location, Bethany beyond the Jordan, into a full-fledged site of pilgrimage for Christians. This will be done by preserving the...
The atmosphere was festive at Emmaus Qubeibe as the friars of the Custody of the Holy Land and the faithful of Jerusalem, joined by no less than four busses from the Bethlehem parish as well as the...
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour has issued directives to take all measures required to support preparations for receiving Pope Francis I, who is expected to arrive in Jordan in May. In a communiqué...
Following is the text of Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal's Easter Sunday homily at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher: Dear brothers and sisters, Christ is truly risen! Alleluia! It is with...
Following is the text of Easter Greetings issued by the heads and representatives of the main Christian churches of Jerusalem: We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, bring joyous...
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour on Sunday wished Jordanian Christians a happy Easter and emphasised the strong bonds and "deep-rooted" values of coexistence between Muslims and Christians in the...
Today the Church is collecting for the Collection for the Holy Land, traditionally held every Good Friday. Its purpose is to maintain strong ties between Christians across the world, including the...
In this year’s Easter Message, the heads of local Christian Churches sent out an appeal for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. “Despite the acute difficulties of the current situation, we would...
“Sometimes I think it is simpler to go to America than to Jerusalem. And yet it’s just six miles down the road.” This is how Marcelline, a young girl from Bethlehem, described the difficulties many...
ZENIT has interviewed His Beatitude Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal who conveyed his views ahead of the Holy Father’s trip to the Holy Land and expectations for Pope Francis' visit to the...
His Beatitude Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre on Thursday, April 17, 2014 Holy Thursday. Following is the text...
Following is the Easter Appeal 2014 from St. Joseph Parish in Jifna, Palestine, by Fr. Firas Aridah which highlights the significance of Jesus' resurrection that brings in a new hope to lives of...
Patriarchs and bishops in Jerusalem have issued a joint statement on the occasion of Easter holiday in which they conveyed good wishes from the city of resurrection where the disciples had conveyed...