Holy Lands

The president of the Catholic Church’s international aid organization is calling for a permanent ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. In a message, issued Thursday,...
Matthew McGarry,head of Catholic Relief Services in Palestine, has discussed in an interview the situation in Gaza in light of the Hamas-Isareli conflict. He says that the situation in Gaza is "...
Fr. Raed Abusahlia, head of Caritas Jerusalem, has recently been interviewed by a Portuguese newspaper in which he discusses the conflict under way in Gaza.. Following is the text of the interview...
The recent events in the Gaza-Israeli conflict stir our hearts. Regardless of political leanings or our need to blame the ones who caused the conflict, we hope our hearts are moved by the death by...
Caritas Jerusalem is making a dramatic appeal for an end to the Israeli-Hamas conflict in Gaza as the death toll climbs to more than 1300 people – overwhelmingly Palestinian. Caritas Jerusalem...
Since early July, almost two million Palestinians in Gaza and people in Israel have been caught up in a devastating war. People have no safe place to hide when the bombs rain down on the densely-...
Since the death of his wife in an Israeli missile attack on their house in the Gaza Strip in late July, George Ayyad, 75, has been keeping vigil over his son Jeries, 31. Jeries Ayyad lay in the...
The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Cape Town has sent a message of solidarity to Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, to the entire Patriarchate and to the Catholic Parish in...
Jalila Ayyad's widower George still had a black eye and bloodstains on his shirt as he processed ahead of her coffin, hours after the air strike that destroyed their home. Jalila, 60, was the first...
As the death toll in Gaza surpasses 1,000, violent demonstrations in the West Bank leave dead and wounded, and an entire Christian community is exiled from the Iraqi city of Mosul by Islamic...
“We were also asked, as were the residents of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahia, to evacuate our homes immediately. And like everyone else, we are asking ourselves where we can go. Gaza is small. Everything...
Fr. Ala Nadim Alamat, the acting priest of the parish of the Good Shepherd in Yonkers-New York, on Saturday, July 26, delivered a speech at the outset of the Mass presided over by Latin Patriarch of...
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twalh has presided over a Mass in memory of Fr. Sami Totah, one of the priests of the Latin Patriarchate, who passed away after suffering from illness and was...
The director of Caritas Jerusalem has launched an appeal to Pope Francis to hold a prayer vigil for the Holy Land, as was done for Syria and Iraq earlier this month. Father Raed Abusahliah said he is...
The United Nations Human Rights Council met on July 23 to discuss the human rights situation in Gaza. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s permanent representative to UN offices based in Geneva...
The director of Caritas Jerusalem has launched an appeal to Pope Francis to hold a prayer vigil for the Holy Land, as was done for Syria and Iraq earlier this month. Father Raed Abusahliah said he is...
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Fouad Twal met on Thursday,July 24, with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, and Counselor to the President John Podesta to discuss the situation...
Can one go on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem despite the war that is raging on in Gaza and the rocket missiles that are raining down on Israel? Is it too dangerous? And aside from the concerns to do with...
Caritas Internationalis (CI) calls on both parties in the Gaza conflict to agree to a permanent ceasefire to allow humanitarian aid to get through and for the human rights of Palestinians to be...
“Where is my treasure?” Today’s Gospel speaks about “treasure”, it says: the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure buried in a field. Matthew 13: 44-52 in another place on Mathew 6:19, Jesus says: “...