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Pope Francis' June 8 meeting with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents will be a religious, not a political, occasion and should not raise hopes for immediate resumption of peace talks between the...
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal has called on bishops and priests to pray next Sunday, June 8, for the success of the scheduled meeting to be held under the patronage of Pope Francis in the...
Politics and spirituality do not always go hand in hand, not even in the quest for peace, but most certainly the religious aspect can summon unsuspected resources and cross what might appear as...
The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) has held a symposium on the positive results of Pope Francis’ visit to the Kingdom on May 24. Present were a large number of youths who took part in...
Jordan offers sights to delight pilgrims and explorers alike. “If there’s only one nation in the sky, shouldn’t all passports be valid for it?” The answer to this question posed by Yann Martel in his...
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal has consecrated a church at the inauguration of the Magdala Center, an archaeological park in Mary Magdalene’s hometown that contains a first century...
The Church of the Holy Family in Ramallah on Saturday, May 31, marked the conclusion of the Marian month in a Mass presided over by Fr. Rif’at Bader with the participation of parish priest Fr. Raed...
The head of an international network of aid agencies has urged Syrian refugees sheltering in Jordan "not to lose hope," as the three-year conflict in their country shows no signs of letting up....
The Holy See’s secretary of state,Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said prayer will be at the centre of the June 8 meeting between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at...
Twal presides over celebrations marking end of Marian month in Jerusalem Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal on Saturday, May 31, presided over the Mass which was celebrated in Jerusalem marking...
At the heart of Pope Francis’ address at his weekly General Audience on Wednesday was his recent visit to the Holy Land. The faithful gathered on a warm day in St Peter’s Square, listened as the Pope...
The head of the Press Office of the Holy See, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi has confirmed that the invitation to pray together for peace in the Vatican, Pope Francis extended during his Apostolic...
Pope Francis’ May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land generated a huge global conversation on social media. Tracked in real-time by the Italian firm Datalytics, the microblogging platform Twitter registered...
His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday, May 27, stressed Jordan’s determination to protect the Christian presence in the region and Palestinian lands, especially in Jerusalem. The King made the remarks...
Only through applying the concept of true citizenship, upgrading the education system and putting interfaith dialogue into action can the Kingdom respond to the repercussions of the Arab Spring on...
A powerful initiative of faith and peace was at the heart and centre of a surprising and courageous journey, following in the unforgettable steps of Paul VI’s pilgrimage half a century ago. This sums...
The visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land was a smashing success as he showed the world that religion can be a force for peace and reconciliation rather than a cause of division and conflict. The...
An arsonist set fire to a Catholic church on Monday, May 26, at a contested site in Jerusalem during a visit by Pope Francis, the spokesman for the Abbey of the Dormition told AFP. “Someone entered...
Pope Francis left the Holy Land for Rome on Monday, May 26, at the end of a three-day visit to Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The Pope had called during his visit for free access of the faithful to...
With my heart still filled with joy, I wish to thank all those who worked with admirable commitment and expertise in the preparation of the visit of Pope Francis to Jordan. My first thought goes to...