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Your Eminence, Dear honorable Fathers, Family and Friends, My relationship with Abouna Sami goes beyond him being my pastor, I entered with him the Latin Seminary in Beit Jala in 1959, we studied...
Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and Custudio Terrae Sanctae have held an inftar banquet in Shu'fat, north of Jerusalem, marking the elapse of three weeks since the murder of 15-year-old Mohammad Abu...
There are almost 1,300 Palestinians, the vast majority of Muslims, who have taken shelter in the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Porphyrius in Gaza in order to escape the bombing of the Israeli army....
The Catholic bishops of the Holy Land want “an immediate ceasefire” in Gaza “and the restart of peace negotiations”, Bishop William Shomali, auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem...
The permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations organs in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, delivered a statement on July 23, 2014 in Geneva during the 21st Special Session of the...
Latin Patriarchal vicar for Jordan Archbishop Maroun Lahham has expressed the Church of Jordan’s support for all those who face difficulties and pain in the Arab world. He stressed that the Church...
By Brother Stephen Tuohy Vice President for Advancement, Bethlehem University The war in Gaza rages on, and Bethlehem University can only offer prayers for the people of Gaza and its 435 graduates,...
It is impossible for Israeli military to target Hamas missiles without hitting civilians in the Gaza Strip, said Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem. People might not agree with Hamas, which...
Caritas is launching an emergency appeal to help the people of Gaza who are suffering the effects of a two-week conflict. Following attacks by Israel, over 600 Palestinians have died and over 100,...
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the...
As casualties continue to mount in the war between Hamas and Israel, diplomatic efforts to stop the conflict are under way. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry...
Rev. Msgr. Sami Totah passed away on Sunday July 20. He was born on February 7, 1947 in Ramallah. He entered the Latin Patriarchal Seminary in Beit Jala in 1959 where he studied philosophy and...
Pope Francis on Sunday, July 20, expressed his concern for the plight of Christian communities in the Iraqi town of Mosul and in other parts of the Middle East. Speaking after the Angelus in St....
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal has said that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip has become unbearable due to the escalating violence and the fall of innocent victims, including...
The head of Caritas in Jerusalem said he would launch an international appeal to help with the Gaza Strip and would not wait until the end of Israeli-Hamas hostilities, as he had done in the past. Fr...
Pope Francis has written a personal message to the parish priest of Gaza, Father Jorge Hermandez, a fellow Argentinian, saying he is keeping the territory’s Christian community in his prayers. In...
In a spontaneous move, Christians around the Kingdom came together over the past two weeks to offer Muslim motorists still on the road at sunset water and dates to break their Ramadan fast. In four...
Pope Francis has telephoned the presidents of Israel and Palestine. A Communiqué from the Press Office of the Holy See explains that the purpose of the calls was to voice concern over the violent...
As fighting intensifies in the Gaza Strip, faithful are gathering in the parish Church of the Holy Family to pray before the Blessed Sacrament for forgiveness, justice and peace for all. In the early...
Caritas Jerusalem has condemned the current escalation of violence in Gaza and called for an end to the bloodshed. Over 90 Gazans have been killed following four days of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza....