Holy Lands

Fifteen centuries after its reconstruction by Emperor Justinian, Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity has lost none of its splendor. Each year more than two million pilgrims or tourists enter the small...
Following is the homily of the Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, January 1, 2018...
His Majesty King Abdullah II, on Friday,December 29, sent a cable to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, offering condolences over the loss of life in the terrorist attack that targeted Mar...
A few miles away from the Nativity Church, the site of the Savior’s birth, Bethlehem University held its Christmas Eve Midnight Mass which was full of worshipers at the University's Chapel of the...
The homily of the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate, “Church of the Holy Land, don't be frightened by poverty and insecurity. The road of God is not that of strength”. ***** In the...
As has been the case every year, the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan has issued an Arabic-language pastoral calendar 2018 which is accredited by the Latin Vicariate in Amman. The 2018...
Governor of Amman Dr. Sa'd Shihab and members of Amman's Security Council visited the Latin Vicariate in Amman on Tuesday, December 27, to covey Christmas and New Year well wishes to heads and...
As the Church marked Advent and looked to Christmas, attention turned once again to the sacred places of the Holy Land and the immense challenges facing the Christian population of the region. Not...
His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Ben Talal, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Institute of Inter-Faith Studies, on Tuesday, December 26, conveyed Christmas well wishes to Christian...
Prime Minister Hani Mulki has conveyed well wishes to the Jordanian Christians on the advent of Christmas and the upcoming New Year celebrations. During a meeting at St. Mary of Nazareth Church in...
It was a subdued Christmas Eve in the historic birthplace of Jesus, with spirits dampened by recent violence sparked by President Donald Trump’s recognition of nearby Jerusalem as Israel’s capital....
Candle lights, fragrant of incense and sounds of bells brought back to life in the Chaldean Church of St. Paul in Mosul (Almajmoua’ Althaqafyia suburb). The Eucharist, symbol of the New Testament for...
It was a subdued Christmas Eve in the traditional birthplace of Jesus on Sunday, December 25, with spirits dampened by cold, rainy weather and recent violence sparked by President Donald Trump’s...
In an interview with an Italian newspaper, the Vatican’s Secretary of State called for “direct dialogue” between Israelis and Palestinians. “The only solution is direct dialogue between the two...
“We invite you not to be afraid, [we invite you] to come!" This was the appeal addressed to the pilgrims by the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate, Mons. Pizzaballa, together with the...
They feel distant from the Church, say young Christians from the Middle East. They are also concerned about the rise of political Islam amid a climate of political insecurity, unemployment, and...
During the restoration work on the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, its magnificent mosaics have emerged more beautifully. One particular discovery is that of an additional angel, one of seven...
Bethlehem University has issued a statement expressing concern at the change in the status of Jerusalem following the decision of President Trump to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem....
The bishops of England and Wales have written an open letter expressing their concerns following the US President's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel and appealing to world...
There is a warm buzz in the church. Happy reunions. Friends and colleagues reunited. It is a time for goodbyes for some. It is a time of being welcomed for others. Nearly 150 people gathered in St...