Holy Lands

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We celebrate the Feast of Easter this year at a time when the world needs "a resurrection". This year, we contemplate the faces of the people who pray in their homes imploring the Almighty God to...
A video catechism, a blessing to the sound of the bell, an aid parcel of food: these are only some of the initiatives by the parish priests of the Holy Land to continue taking care of their faithful...
The Friends of the Holy Land team in Bethlehem are working with the Greek Orthodox Community to help them celebrate the 'Holy Fire' this year despite the lockdown conditions. As the specialised...
During Easter in Jerusalem, the Via Dolorosa, the last path of Jesus on his way to crucifixion, has been deserted over Holy Week, but the famous celebration of Holy Fire celebrating the Resurrection...
In light of the difficult situation our dear country, Jordan, is experiencing these days and the precautionary measures Jordanian government is undertaking to combat the outbreak of Coronavirus,...
In a joint Easter message, the 13 patriarchs and heads of Churches of Jerusalem note that amid the death and suffering of the coronavirus pandemic, God is present and invites us to "look to the...
In his address to the city of Rome and the entire world Urbi et Orbi, Pope Francis spoke about the current conditions of the world, namely with reference to Corona virus that has inflicted severe...
The Latin Vicariate has issued the program of the Holy Week 2020. In this regard, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali said, "The outbreak of Corona epidemic worldwide and in the...
On Sunday, April 12, the Latin Church in Jordan celebrated Palm Sunday. The Holy Mass was celebrated by Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali at St. Mary of Nazareth Church in...
The strict social distancing measures and the governmental closure of churches to the faithful have led to an increase in the use of technology to transmit church services, as leaders are calling on...
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...