Holy Lands

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...
Pope Francis met with the priests, religious men and women, and seminarians of the Holy Land on May 26, in the church of Gethsemane, which is built around a slab of bedrock on which tradition says...
Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Upper Room - the cenacle - in Jerusalem on Monday, May 26, on the final day of the three-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Following is the text of the Holy Father'...
The stated reason for Pope Francis’ visit to Jordan, Israel and Palestine was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s pilgrimage to the region and his revolutionary gesture of...
His Holiness pope Francis met on Monday, May 26, with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammad Hussein. During the meeting, Pope Francis pointed to the fraternal dialogue and exchange between...
The journey was begun by those “great visionaries of unity” Paul VI and Athenagoras back in 1964. Since then “we have learned to forgive one another for the mistakes and mistrust of the past; and we...
Pope Francis lamented the “tragic” divisions between Christians and said our disagreements must not frighten us and paralyse our progress towards unity. His remarks came during an ecumenical prayer...
Pope Bergoglio expresses his desire to discuss the Petrine Primacy. “Divisions remain between the churches, even after the first embrace Christians continue to be persecuted, there is the...
Pope Francis’ “religious” and “spiritual” visit sent out two powerful messages to the Israeli and Palestinian people, the Middle East and the international community yesterday. The “creativity” of...
Pope Francis in Bethlehem, stuns the world, by inviting Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Israeli President, Shimon Peres, to join him, in his home in the Vatican, to pray together for peace...
Pope Francis is in Bethlehem this Sunday morning where he has met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and local political, religious and civic leaders. The Pope arrived in Bethlehem by helicopter...
The first major event of Francis’ visit to the Holy Land will be his meeting with the Jordanian leadership: “I have profound respect and esteem for the Muslim community”. The Pope sent out an appeal...
Pope Francis has called for peace and unity among different people, saying variety always enriches. His appeal came during his homily at the Mass celebrated on Friday in Amman’s International...