Holy Lands

Greetings, I am an Iraqi baby named Tia, My parents were forcibly displaced from Mosul two years ago and I was born in Jordan, I received the sacrament of baptism yesterday at the Church of John the...
The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan on Thursday, April 20, signed a cooperation and partnership agreement in the field of media with the American University of Madaba (AUM)....
Getting a tattoo during the pilgrimage to the Holy Land goes back centuries, and is a physical testament to pilgrims’ faith. Wassim Razzouk runs a small tattoo shop in Jerusalem’s Old City. On...
Christians of many denominations gathered for an Easter sunrise service atop Mount Nebo and prayed for peace and for Christians in Egypt, who were not celebrating as festively. Many were thinking of...
“Choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19) The Cambridge Dictionary defines the word “horizon” as “the line at the farthest place that you can see, where the sky seems to touch the land or sea”. This Easter,...
Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, accompanied by a delegation, went to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, to...
His Majesty King Abdullah on Saturday, April 15, called for working comprehensively to address the urgent challenges facing the education sector to arrive at a modern education system that is “...
The church in Emmaus could barely contain the faithful. For the solemnity of the appearance of Jesus to the disciples of Emmaus, the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land led an annual...
On Easter Monday, April 17, Pope Francis greeted pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter’s Square, praying especially for Christians who are persecuted for their faith. Speaking from the window...
Prime Minister Hani Mulki on Sunday, April 16, wished Jordanian Christians a "happy Easter" and conveyed to them the good wishes of His Majesty King Abdullah. During a visit to the Roman Orthodox...
Following is the homily of the Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa for Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, April 15, 2017: Dear Brothers and Sister, May the...
The patriarchs and heads of Churches in Jerusalem have issued the following Easter Message 2017: We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, join together in proclaiming the triumphant...
Following is the meditation of the Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa for Easter Vigil at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, April 15, 2017: Dear brothers and sisters, May the Lord give...
The successful completion of vital repair and restoration projects at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem reflects a new era of cooperation...
Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa delivered the following homily on April 13, 2017 marking Holy Thursday (Chrism Mass and the Lord’s...
In a letter addressed to Pope Francis, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the “brutal terrorist attacks” perpetrated against two Coptic churches in Tanta and Alexandria in Egypt on April 9...
On Saturday, April 15, thousands of Orthodox Christians will crowd the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to watch the Greek Orthodox patriarch emerge from the structure surrounding Jesus’ tomb with two...
On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Fr. Francesco Patton, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land, visited the Latin Patriarchate, accompanied by a delegation of Friars to convey his and the Custody’s Easter wishes...
Following is the weekly reflection of Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah for Sunday April 16-April 22, 2017: Sunday 16 April 2017 Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Easter wishes are wishes of...
After the attacks on two Coptic churches in Cairo and Alexandria during the Palm Sunday celebration on April 9, 2017, a demonstration of solidarity and condemnation of religious terrorism was held in...