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On Saturday, April 2, 2016, construction workers discovered in the Palestine Square in Gaza, sections of marble pillars with ornate Corinthian capitals and a 90cm foundation stone, engraved with an...
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem issued a statement on Friday, April 8, expressing its profound disappointment and condemnation of the construction work under way of the separation wall in the...
Easter celebrations at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher are impressive and magnificent indeed. I returned this year to Jerusalem to perform the feast rituals after being away for 20 years, so I...
Father Rifat Bader is the director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan and the pastor of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Naour. The Catholic Church in Jordan is an...
On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 2016, Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine, celebrated a solemn Mass in the Basilica of the Agony at Gethsemane. Saint John Paul II...
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal celebrated Mass marking the Feast of the Annunciation at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth on Sunday, April 3. The Mass was co-celebrated by Latin...
On the feast of Divine Mercy instituted by John Paul II who was inspired by St. Faustina Kowalska, Francis called on faithful to go out and be bearers of unifying peace. In the Regina Coeli he prayed...
AMMAN – Set up on initiative of a priest from the Latin Patriarchate and two Italian tailors, the Association Rafidin* encourages young Iraqi refugees to rebuild their lives through making clothes....
Christ is risen. Indeed, He is risen. He is risen for us, for all humanity. He is risen for all the martyrs who gave their lives, and who still do in all Arab countries and in the world. He is risen...
Patriarchs and heads of local Churches in Jerusalem have issued the following message marking Easter celebrations 2016: We the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, Convey our Easter...
The Latin Vicariate in Jordan celebrated a special Mass on Sunday, March 27, at the Mary of Nazareth Church in Sweifieh for the victims of terrorism who lost their lives in Belgium. The Mass was...
The Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) has hosted Abbot Notker Wolf OSB, the Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation of the Order of Saint Benedict, which is the order that had...
Dear friends and colleagues, We strongly believe that the Via Dolorosa doesn’t end on the Cross at the Calvary but in the empty tomb; the day of the resurrection from where our faith was born and...
His Beatitude Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal presided Easter Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on Sunday, March 27. In his homily, Patriarch Twal asked Mr. Bruno Jans,...
The Latin Vicariate in Amman will celebrate a special Mass at the Mary of Nazareth Church in Sweifieh, for the victims of terrorism who lost their lives in Belgium, on March 27 which coincides with...
On Palm Sunday, we begin the last week of Lent. It is the memory of the last week of the earthly life of Jesus. This is a sacred time in which we reflect upon the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ,...
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal celebrated the Chrismal Mass on Holy Thursday, March 24, at the Church of Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Present at the Mass were bishops and priests and a...
We are witnessing a heightened focus on public school curricula by many stakeholders, primarily NGOs and a variety of emerging pressure groups. This is a welcome development. Much is being said by...
In the heart of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, the restoration of the edicule which encloses the empty tomb of the Risen Christ will shortly start. The news had been circulating for some time...
For the first time in eight years, under 35-year-olds will finally be able to travel to Jerusalem for the celebrations at least. The Israeli authorities have issued 847 permits, granting 95 per cent...