Holy Lands

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This Lent season, Patriarch Fouad Twal toured the Palestinian town of Birzeit and made a special stop at HCEF’s Birzeit Senior Citizen Center (BSCC). The BSCC has a longstanding relationship with...
The Thirsty who gives humanity to drink! (John 4, 4) The Savior courageously means to save Jews and other men from all discrimination, enmity, taboos and complexes. At the well, he is not only...
Exodus 17:3-7; Psalm 95; Romans 51-2, 5-8; John 4:5-42 All my years as a priest have taught me one thing: people thirst and are hungry and we have to find ways to nourish one another. This...
“Need of real water” More than 3.4 million people die of clean water each year in the world. 884 million people in the world lack access to safe water supplies. We can live for months without food...
The leaders of the Catholic communities in Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Cyprus have chosen the logo and the motto for Pope Francis’ pilgrimage, slated for May 24-26 this year. The theme ‘So that...
The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries has approved a document published by the Justice and Peace Commission about the Knesset law project which is about to introduce a distinction between Christian...
The Catholic Ordinaries have held a two-day meeting in Tiberias and discussed among other issues the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land. Following the meetings,they issued the following...
An "Aid to the Church in Need" delegation has paid a visit to the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Amman within the framework of a four-day visit to the Jordan. The delegation included...
On March 11 and 12, 2014, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land (AOCTS) convened at the Casa Nova Guesthouse in Tiberias for the first of its bi-annual meetings of 2014. The members of...
For many centuries during Lent, Sunday is solemnized in a special way for Latin Catholics at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. In keeping with tradition, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His...
Genesis 12:1-4, 3:1-7; Psalm 33; 2 Timothy 1:8-10; Matthew 17:1-9 Each of the three readings challenges us to be bold in our faith as we learn to be obedient to God’s plan for us. The fidelity of...
Enter the New World When God called Abraham he said to him: "Go to a land that I will show you". 1st. Reading Genesis 12:1-4a. And when Jesus transfigured he showed his disciples what they may expect...
Retracing the 50th anniversary of the visit of Pope Paul VI to the Holy Land, the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem opened an exhibition on March 6. Fra Agustin thanked H.E. Mgr. Lazzarotto,...
The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, has confirmed that the scheduled visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land is to go ahead as planned. A statement from the...
Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, received on Thursday Latin Patriarch of the Holy Land, and Jordan Fouad Twal, Latin Bishop of Jordan Maroun Laham, President of the Ecclesiastical Court Father Jihad...
In a bid to take the Jordanian model of coexistence and interfaith harmony to the next level, the Royal Institute of Interfaith Studies (RIIFS) officials and other stakeholders implemented a full-...
In his Lenten Pastoral Letter marking Ash Wednesday, Patriarch Fouad Twal urged the faithful of the Patriarchal Diocese of Jerusalem to true conversion, fasting, almsgiving and prayer. Following Pope...
His Majesty King Abdullah II on Tuesday, March 4, called for maximizing the values of tolerance, fraternity and co-existence among Muslims and Christians, stressing the role of the church in...
Genesis 2:7-9, 3:1-7; Psalm 51; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 God formed us out of the clay of the ground and blew into our nostrils the breath of life and we became a living being. Ah! The power of...
What if Jesus says to you: “Look around with me, people are tempted and are fallen at every moment, they do not have any energy to resist, would like to help me to save them”? What would be your...