Holy Lands

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With the beginning of March, and with the outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic, all shops in Bethlehem closed down, internal and external tourism stopped, and movement inside and outside the...
Following is the homily of Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, for Easter 2020: Dear brothers and sisters, We have come to...
Following is the text of the Easter Message of the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of Jerusalem issued on April 9, 2020: “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen!” (...
His Majesty King Abdullah, in an address to the nation on Friday, April 10, said Jordanians are giants among nations because they achieve great things in the toughest circumstances. King Abdullah...
"Tell them that death is won, forever!" "Here we are inside the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, just a few steps from here we see the empty tomb where the body of Jesus was buried on the evening of...
At Easter, the eyes of the Christian world are traditionally on the holy city of Jerusalem and on the sites of Lord Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. But Covid-19 cases, and deaths, are on the...
“Grant us to behold the Holy Week of your Passion, that in it we may glorify your mighty acts.” It may surprise some people to know what a big family the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church is,...
We rejoice because Jesus Christ, who triumphed over death, enables us also to triumph over all forms of death in our life. In our life, indeed, the forms of death are many. Some of the world’s great—...
The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan has published a special prayer for the healing of COVID-19 victims in Jordan and the world at large. This prayer was reported on Monday,...
Following is the meditation of Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, for Palm Sunday, Year A, April 5, 2020: When the Lord...
We are in front of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the holiest place for all Christians in the world, the place where Jesus conquered death by rising on Easter morning. I wish to tell each and every...
On behalf of the Catholic Church in Jordan and in solidarity with the tremendous effort exerted by the Ministry of Health in with regards to Corona crisis, Caritas Jordan has decided to provide 10...
With strict measures in place to curb the spread of Covid-19, the Catholic Church in the Holy Land is finding novel ways to help the faithful participate in liturgical celebrations leading up to...
The Financial Times on Tuesday published an op-ed co-written by His Majesty King Abdullah with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Singapore President Halimah Yacob, Ethiopian President Sahle-...
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher was closed last week and has no definite timeline for reopening. This is the first time in nearly 700 years the holy site has closed for an extended period due to...
The Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchal Church of Antioch of the Syrians has elected as exarch for Syrian faithful in Jerusalem, Palestine and Jordan the Reverend Camil Afram Antoine Semaan,...
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali celebrated the fourth Sunday Lenten Holy Mass at St. Mary of Nazareth Church in Sweifieh, western Amman. The Mass was concelebrated by...
The coronavirus has wreaked unprecedented havoc globally, and Bethlehem, the birthplace of the Redeemer, has not been spared. A Catholic hospital devoted to caring for mothers and babies in the city...
The coronavirus emergency "reminds us of our human limitations", that "one small virus brings our entire system to a halt" because "we are not masters of our destiny"; however, the "feeling of...
Pastoral guidelines for the celebration of Holy Week following restrictions due to COVID-19 To all Priests, Religious Communities and the Faithful of the Diocese of Jerusalem Dear brothers and...