Holy Lands

Lebanese Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai’s announcement, on May 2, that he intends to accompany Pope Francis during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land May 24-26 has sparked violent controversy in his...
Following is the translation of the Arabic-language hymn marking His Holiness Pope Francis visit to the Holy Land on May 24-25, 2014: With you we go onward as witnesses to Christ Spreading the light...
Amman has been decorated revealing warm gestures welcoming His Holiness Pope Francis who is due to arrive in Amman on May 24. The streets are decorated with posters showing His Majesty King Abdullah...
A rabbi and an Islamic dignitary are to officially form part of the Pope’s entourage on an international visit for the first time. Both of them are old friends of Pope Francis and both spent a great...
The Liturgical Committee of the Heads of the Local Churches of the Holy Land for the preparation of the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land has approved the hymn relevant to the historic visit of Pope...
The forthcoming fourth Pontiff visit to Jordan is but a reward to Jordan’s ongoing efforts to consolidate interfaith coexistence and harmony. But, is Jordan, people and leadership, up to His Holiness...
From May 14 to 22, 2014, the Jerusalem Christian Churches and communities will prepare for and support spiritually with nine days of prayer the pilgrimage and encounter between Pope Francis and...
"Heavenly Father, you never tire of being compassionate and loving. The successor of St. Peter plans to visit the Holy Land sanctified by your Son’s birth, baptism, teaching, death and resurrection....
Heavenly Father, you never tire of being compassionate and loving, the successor of St. Peter, His Holiness Pope Francis, plans to visit the Holy Land sanctified by your Son’s birth, baptism,...
The Jordanian Cabinet approved at a meeting held on Sunday, May 4, a plan to issue special stamps marking Pope Francis' visit to Jordan on May 24 and the 50th anniversary of the first visit of Pope...
Jordan is gearing up for Pope Francis’ visit next month, a trip that marks the 50-year anniversary of the first papal trip to the region. While it has become a papal tradition to follow the steps of...
All those wishing to participate in the Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis at the Amman International Stadium can easily obtain entry cards which will be available in the next few days. Fr. Rif’...
In view of Pope Francis impending visit to the Holy Land, the local Church sets itself anxiously ready to welcome the Pastor of the Universal Church, who ever since his election cares to spread the...
His Majesty King Abdullah has acted as patron at the King Abdullah II World Interfaith Harmony Week award ceremony. During the ceremony, which took place at Husseiniya Palace, His Majesty presented...
Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations Monsignor Guido Marini and Dr. Matteo Bruni, the official at the Vatican Press Office who is in charge of foreign media coverage of the Pope’s trips, have...
A threatening letter was sent to the General Vicar of the Latin Patriarchate in Nazareth, Boulos Marcuzzo, which stated that Arab Christians had until May 5, 2014 to leave the country. If they did...
The spike in the migration of Christians today in Iraq is very worrying and frightening. A year and a few months ago, I received the presidency of the Chaldean Church and visited most of the cities,...
On Sunday April 27, 2014, the Galilee witnessed a new series of anti-Christian acts of violence and vandalism from the side of Orthodox Jews. Following is a statement issued by the Assembly of the...
Pope Francis’ visit to the Kingdom is a testimony that Jordan is a hub of peace and stability, Tourism Ministry officials told reporters on Monday. Tourism Minister Nidal Katamine said the government...
We are in the place that Pope Francis has chosen to embrace, in Jordan, the small and humble: Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the site of the Baptism of Jesus. Here, on May 24, in the as yet unfinished...