Holy Lands

Petra--Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah met with a number of Rosary Sisters nuns during a visit she has paid to the Rosary Sisters Visitation Home. The Queen toured the facility to check on the...
The Church of Jerusalem celebrates Palm Sunday with a particular sentiment and solemnity. The Latin Patriarchate, reestablished in 1847, has promptly resumed, not without difficulties during the...
“Is it Triumph or Passion?” We often remember our suffering and pains. We speak and complain about them. We forget easily our joys and the moments of happiness. If you start a conversation about what...
Isaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Philippians 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14-27:66 Changed expectations. We like change to be gradually introduced into our world so we can get our head and heart around the new reality...
A few weeks before Pope Francis' visit to the Holy Land,Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal describes the situation of a life marked by divisions between Christians and by a conflict that has...
His Majesty King Abdullah II held talks in the Vatican with Pope Francis at the Pope’s residence, the Santa Marta guesthouse. The talks focused on efforts to boost cooperation, dialogue, coexistence...
The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land/Justice and Peace Committee (ACOHL) issued a statement on April 2, 2014 about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Following is...
“We are working non-stop for the visit of Pope Francis: he wants to meet the poor, the disables, the ill, the orphans and the elderly. He will meet 400 of them in Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the site...
According to the operators, only 10 per cent of the Syrians who live in Jordan (130,000 out of 1,300,000) are in refugee camps. Most of the others, who fled from their homes and without economic...
The Center for Religious and Heritage Studies in the Holy Land has organized a panel titled: “Fifty Years Between the visit of Pope Paul VI and the visit of Pope Francis I to The Holy Land (1964-2014...
Before the Arab Spring started, Majda Ayoub, a Christian Jordanian, decided to leave the US, where she was raised and educated, and settle down in her homeland. The situation was very risky for...
Fr. Faysal Hijazen has addressed the teachers of the Latin Patriarchate Schools. In it, he reiterates the gratitude that all of us owe to them for all they do for our schools, but most of all for the...
Ezekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:8-11; John 11:1-45 “O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them. You shall know I am the Lord. I will put my spirit in you that you may live...
“Flesh and spirit” We read in today’s Second Reading, Romans 8:8-11, the following: “Those who are in the flesh cannot please God”. What do these words mean to us? In today’s Gospel, John 11:1-45, we...
A group of 11 young scouts of Saint Joseph Latin Parish, Gaza, arrived in Jerusalem, on April 2, 2014 with their pastor, to meet the Patriarch and his assistant. They had this “opportunity” to enjoy...
On Monday evening, March 31, 2014, anti-Christian graffiti were discovered on the walls of Deir Rafat Monastery, a convent which is the property of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, near Beit...
Even if the Israeli diplomat strike drags on until the end of May, the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land is definitely going ahead. This is the prevailing view in Jerusalem, an opinion that a number of...
The Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF) and the Arab Cultural Foundation in Jordan have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at strengthening mutual understanding between...
Palestinian Minister of Tourism Roula Ma’aya, accompanied by Palestinian Ambassador to the Holy See Issa Kassissiyeh, paid a courtesy visit to His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal at the Latin...
Following is the text of the statement issued by the Vatican om March 27, 2014 on the pilgrimage programme of Pope Francis' planned trip on May 24-26, 2014 to the Holy Land marking the 50th...