Holy Lands

As a man of peace, Pope Francis’ upcoming visit is expected to empower Jordan as “the guiding star” of the Middle East and the entire world, according to officials from the Royal Institute of Inter-...
An olive tree stands tall and green in the Vatican gardens at Castel Gandolfo, bearing witness to a deep-rooted and special relationship between Jordan and the Holy See, spanning many decades. The...
The Palestinian territories, namely Jerusalem and Bethlehem, are looking forward to the fourth papal vast to the Holy Land. The governor of Jerusalem, Adnan Husseini, says that the arrival of the...
There are just two weeks to go before Pope Francis’ arrival and the streets of Amman are already brimming with revelatory zeal: on what is going to be Francis’ fourth trip to the Holy Land, his visit...
The Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has expressed readiness of Royal Jordanian to provide discounts on the prices of tickets for flights departing to Jordan from specified destinations...
During a press conference held in Haifa this on Sunday, May 11, 2014, His Beatitude Fouad Twal spoke out against recent “Price Tag” attacks” urging the government to do justice. Following is the text...
The Catholic Center for Studies and Media has carried out an exclusive interview with Bishop Maroun Lahham, Latin patriarchal vicar for Jordan, during which he reviewed the leading role His Majesty...
“The forthcoming meeting of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis in Jerusalem in May is expected to be a strong symbolic confirmation of the commitment and determination to continue the...
The acceleration in recent weeks of vandalism and assaults, especially in light of the proximate papal visit, has worried the local Church and has begun to create a stir on the international scene....
The priest who is organizing Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to Jordan has written a special prayer for the occasion with the aim of allowing the world to participate. “This prayer takes into...
When Pope Francis visits the site on the Jordan River where St. John the Baptist baptized Jesus, he will meet with people suffering, spiritually as well as physically. “It will be a humanitarian...
Marking His Holiness Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land, Ambassador of Palestine to the Holy See Isa Qassisiya conveyed a message of love and hope. He said:"We expect the Pontiff to work for peace...
A special prayer will be said for the Pope’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The prayer has been released in the lead up to Pope Francis’ visit to Jordan, Palestine and Israel on May 24-26. The prayer...
It's only a few weeks now until Pope Francis sets out on his trip to the Middle East. Father Khalil Jaar is already excited. "I was asked whether I could organize two buses of refugees for a meeting...
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...