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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...
Brother Priests, nuns, and all believers, On March 19, 2020, the Holy See Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments issued a decree declaring complete forgiveness. The complete forgiveness...
Following the evolvement of the situation in the Holy Land, we the Heads of the three Communities to whom the Providence granted the grace and honor of proclaiming the Lord of the Lord in the...
Humankind has outlived multiple pandemics in the course of world history. The kingdoms and states of Central and Western Europe abolished the institution of serfdom once it had become clear that...
Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher, revered in Christian tradition as the site of Jesus's crucifixion and burial, was closed on Wednesday as a precaution against the coronavirus. The closure,...
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali has said that the outbreak of coronavirus is not a divine retribution to humanity. In his homily at the Holy Mass celebrated at St. Mary of...
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020 On March 25, Nazareth is in feast. The Feast of the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel announced the Virgin Mary that she would conceive with the power of the Holy Spirit...
Following is the meditation of Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, for the 5th Sunday of Lent, Year A, 2020: A key to...
Following is the prayer that the Major Seminarians of the Latin Patriarchal Seminary of Jerusalem offered to the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Annunciation, which was recited during the Holy Mass for...
Following is the homily of Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Most Rev. Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, for the Solemnity of the Annunciation. He presided the Holy...
“The community of the friars of the Sepulchre is made up of 11 brothers,” says Fr. Salvador Rosas Flores, Superior of the Franciscan convent at the Holy Sepulchre. “Despite the complete absence of...