Holy Lands

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They lay inside the desert grottoes for centuries and remained hidden for another sixty years inside what were catalogued as tefillin, the phylacteries worn by observant Jews during prayer. This is...
Mr. Sami El-Yousef, regional director of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine in Jerusalem, has signed an agreement with Engineer Ziad Bandak , head of the Presidential Committee for the Restoration...
Isaiah 49:14-15; Psalm 62; 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Matthew 6:24-34 Last week after mass, I greeted some Jordanians who were in church to baptize their little boy. I spoke to the grandparents, picked up...
On today's Gospel, Mathew 6:24-34, Jesus sets the birds, the wild flowers and the grass of the field as an example for us. When he speaks about the pagans, those who do not believe in God, or who...
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal has concluded a two-day visit to Ramallah which started on February 25. During his pastoral visit, Patriarch Twal was greeted by...
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal left for Ramallah on February 23 for a two-days pastoral visit to the Parish of the Holy Family. Having arrived in Ramallah for a...
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...