Holy Lands

Jordan offers sights to delight pilgrims and explorers alike. “If there’s only one nation in the sky, shouldn’t all passports be valid for it?” The answer to this question posed by Yann Martel in his...
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal has consecrated a church at the inauguration of the Magdala Center, an archaeological park in Mary Magdalene’s hometown that contains a first century...
The Church of the Holy Family in Ramallah on Saturday, May 31, marked the conclusion of the Marian month in a Mass presided over by Fr. Rif’at Bader with the participation of parish priest Fr. Raed...
The head of an international network of aid agencies has urged Syrian refugees sheltering in Jordan "not to lose hope," as the three-year conflict in their country shows no signs of letting up....
The Holy See’s secretary of state,Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said prayer will be at the centre of the June 8 meeting between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at...
Twal presides over celebrations marking end of Marian month in Jerusalem Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal on Saturday, May 31, presided over the Mass which was celebrated in Jerusalem marking...
At the heart of Pope Francis’ address at his weekly General Audience on Wednesday was his recent visit to the Holy Land. The faithful gathered on a warm day in St Peter’s Square, listened as the Pope...
The head of the Press Office of the Holy See, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi has confirmed that the invitation to pray together for peace in the Vatican, Pope Francis extended during his Apostolic...
Pope Francis’ May 24-26 trip to the Holy Land generated a huge global conversation on social media. Tracked in real-time by the Italian firm Datalytics, the microblogging platform Twitter registered...
His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday, May 27, stressed Jordan’s determination to protect the Christian presence in the region and Palestinian lands, especially in Jerusalem. The King made the remarks...
Only through applying the concept of true citizenship, upgrading the education system and putting interfaith dialogue into action can the Kingdom respond to the repercussions of the Arab Spring on...
A powerful initiative of faith and peace was at the heart and centre of a surprising and courageous journey, following in the unforgettable steps of Paul VI’s pilgrimage half a century ago. This sums...
The visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land was a smashing success as he showed the world that religion can be a force for peace and reconciliation rather than a cause of division and conflict. The...
An arsonist set fire to a Catholic church on Monday, May 26, at a contested site in Jerusalem during a visit by Pope Francis, the spokesman for the Abbey of the Dormition told AFP. “Someone entered...
Pope Francis left the Holy Land for Rome on Monday, May 26, at the end of a three-day visit to Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. The Pope had called during his visit for free access of the faithful to...
With my heart still filled with joy, I wish to thank all those who worked with admirable commitment and expertise in the preparation of the visit of Pope Francis to Jordan. My first thought goes to...
On Pope Francis' third and final day of a visit to the Holy Land, he planted an olive tree in Gethsemane, the garden at Mount of Olives where Jesus prayed and his disciples slept the night before...
Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch, Bartholomew I, on Sunday held private talks in Jerusalem and signed a Common Declaration in which they pledged to continue on the path towards unity between...
Following is speech of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Mgr. Fouad Twal, in Gethsemane, May 26, 2014 marking the pilgrimage of Pope Francis to the Holy Land: May 26, 2014 A few meters from here,...
Pope Francis paid a visit to Israeli President Shimon Peres on the last day of his three day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In an encounter with the press ahead of a private meeting, Mr. Peres told...