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The Ecumenical Patriarchate today released a list of persons accompanying Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox faithful worldwide, on his pilgrimage to meet...
On Pope Francis' first trip to the Holy Land, May 24-26, his agenda will focus on the search for Christian unity, particularly between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. But inevitably, in a region...
The significance of where Jesus was believed to be baptized on the banks of the Jordan River beginning his public ministry is not lost on Arab Christians, deeply aware of their rich religious and...
On an upcoming trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is expected to prioritize his visit with Palestinians, including a refugee camp, in a move interpreted by many as a 'recognition' of a future...
Many Christians in the Holy Land have had their hopes dashed: The Pope of the peripheries is about to arrive and they won’t get to see him. The tickets to Pope Francis’ Mass in Bethlehem next...
Since his appearance on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on the day of his election, Pope Francis continues to fascinate and surprise the world. Within a short time, he was described as “different...
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary this year, Our Lady of Peace Centre has received a message from Pope Francis encouraging the staff to continue “witnessing God’s boundless love for everyone...
The upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land by Pope Francis is likely to prove a major headache for local security forces tasked with his security. The pontiff’s first stop will be Jordan, where he...
An appeal has been issued jointly by Vatican and Jordanian officials marks the nations’ friendship and common commitment to foster peace and dialogue in the Middle East. Following a May 13-14 meeting...
Receiving first communion, a child’s first reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist, is a significant celebration for all Catholics, but for 1,400 children, the ceremony will be even more...
Pope Francis is shunning bulletproof vehicles during his trip to the Middle East this month, insisting that he use a normal car and be allowed to be as close to people as possible, the Vatican said...
Deputising for HRH Prince Ghazi, chairman of the Baptism Site Board of Trustees, Tourism Minister Nidal Katamine has announced the Christian pilgrimage sites in Jordan certified by the Vatican. The...
Christians in Jerusalem have written to the apostolic nuncio to Israel to voice concern that they may be prevented from welcoming the Pope when he visits the country later this month. They have said...
Following is an exclusive interview with Jordanian Ambassador to the Holy See Makram M. Queisi: Question: This is the first papal visit. In your capacity as the ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of...
The Lebanon-based Maronite patriarch's historic first visit to Jerusalem to welcome Pope Francis is aimed at strengthening the "Christian presence" in the Middle East, a church official has said....
The Pope’s visit to the Holy Land (24-26 May) will be “very brief and very intense” as Paul VI’s visit was back in 1964. Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, confirmed this at a press...
The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies of Amman (RIIFS)and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue have issued a joint appeal at the end of meeting on interreligious dialogue on May...
Following is the text of the interview by Portuguese weekly VISAO with Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal in Portugal for ceremonies on May 13. He asked all to pray for peace in the Middle East...
In the places to be visited by Pope Francis, many preparations are under way. Management of the places of worship, implementation of stringent security measures, checking guest lists, distributing of...
The Eastern Catholic patriarchs will accompany Pope Francis during his pilgrimage in the holy Land, from May 24 to 26, 2014. These are the patriarchs of the Greek, Maronite, Chaldean, Syrian, Coptic...