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Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Jordan is testament to the prestigious position that Jordan holds internationally as a country of peace, love and religious tolerance, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour...
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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...
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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...
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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....