Holy Lands

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The day Pope Francis arrives in Jordan on May 24 marks the peak of many months of “hard work and planning” coordinated between private and government agencies preparing for his visit and guests...
The Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, has said the 50th anniversary this year of Pope Paul VI’s meeting in Jerusalem with Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras is a “tremendous opportunity” to...
During a latest meeting that has taken place in Amman--which falls within the framework of the series of initiatives launched by the International Family Centre in Nazareth (IFCN) marking the...
The “International Family Centre of Nazareth” a Vatican Foundation launches a series dedicated to families, an initiative for the pastoral visit of Pope Francis from May 24 – 26, 2014. Built by...
US Secretary of State John Kerry is aware of the power of faith and is attentive to the concerns of Holy Land Christians in the peace process, a US State Department official has said. During a...
For more than 60 years, the Pontifical Mission for Palestine (PMP) has established a long relationship with partner church- and community-based institutions which has supported thousands of...
The Latin Patriarchate schools of Jerusalem in Palestine and Israel met to make plans for the future regarding the educational and social mission that they are called upon to carry out in a human...
The Vatican Foundation “International Family Centre in Nazareth”-– which Benedict XVI set up in order to build a “Pope’s House” in Nazareth for families from all over the world in conjunction with...
A meeting of the local Christian families took place in the Latin parish of Beit Jala on February 18-19, 2014, in Nazareth. On this occasion, Mr. Salvatore Martinez, head of the World Center of the...
Several meetings took place at the Vatican this week in preparation for the visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land with his first leg of tour to be in Jordan on May 24. The participants in the...
Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18; Psalm 103; 1 Corinthians 3:16-23; Matthew 5:38-48 Very hard sayings that are lofty ideals, but very difficult realities come down to us this week: Bear no hatred, take no...
Fr. Ziad Naffa’, a Latin Patriarchate priest, passed away on Tuesday February 17. Fr. Naffa’ was born in Amman on March 29, 1961. He joined the Latin Patriarchate Seminary in Beit Jala in September...
Since 2006, a new and exciting archaeological site has sprung up: that of the small village of Magdala, on the shores of Lake Tiberias. It was in this fishing village that Mary Magdalene lived, one...
In little less than five months, Pope Francis will travel for the first time to the Holy Land, since the start of his pontificate. For the local Church that welcomes the Sovereign Pontiff, it is a...
During a meeting with Shaun A. Casey, special advisor to the secretary faith-based community initiatives of the US Department of State,on Monday, February 17, 2014, Patriarch Twal reiterated his...
During a meeting with Shaun A. Casey, special advisor to the secretary faith-based community initiatives of the US Department of State,on Monday, February 17, 2014, Patriarch Twal reiterated his...
On Saturday, February 15 at the Trappist Monastery in Latrun, and the following day at the Maronite Convent in Jerusalem, the Feast of St. Maron was celebrated. Many faithful attended each event....
Pope Francis will travel the world with his Argentinean passport, and not use a Vatican diplomatic one. He completed the procedure for a new passport and a new ID card as any ordinary citizen of the...
Israeli exploitation of Palestinian natural resources, including water, is one of Israel’s most severe violations of international law. The Israeli occupation aims specifically at annexing...
The Chaldean Patriarchate in Jordan has held a Mass at the conclusion of a three-day fasting which was celebrated by Fr. Raymond Moussalli, Chaldean patriarchal vicar for Jordan. Present was the...