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Fr. Rif'at Bader
: The churches of the world were not absent from the most prominent event that has taken place and...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
By Andrea Tornielli/ lastampa.it
: Interview with Archbishop Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem: after Trump's decision, “In all this brawling of hypothesis, there is a positive note: we are back to talking about the Holy City and its centrality” ***** “The way in which President Trump's move on Jerusalem and its context has been presented...More
: His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday, December 17, met at the Baptism Site with Christian clerics, dignitaries and leaders from the Kingdom and Jerusalem on the occasion of the Christmas and New Year. His Majesty the King congratulated the Christian community in Jordan and Palestine and in the Arab world on the feasts and stressed Muslim-Christian...More
By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org
: Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali patronized the annual Christmas celebrations of the Terra Sancta Franciscan Fathers which was held on Saturday December 16 in Jabal Luwaibdeh. The event was attended by Terra Sancta College (TSC) Director Fr. Rashid Mustrih, TSC Deputy Director Fr. Firas Hijazeen, First Counselor for the...More
By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: Fr. Rif'at Bader, director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan, has made the following press statement titled, "This is Why His Majesty King Abdullah II is Heading to the Vatican". The statement is in reaction to the impending visit of His Majesty King Abdullah II to the Vatican, on Tuesday, December 19, where discussions...More
: His Majesty King Abdullah is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, December 19, with Pope Francis during a visit to Vatican City. Discussions will cover the developments related to Jerusalem, after the United States’ decision to recognise the city as Israel’s capital and move the US embassy there. From Vatican City, King Abdullah will head to Paris, where...More


Vatican communications department will soon unveil new website

By Hannah Brockhaus/ CNA/EWTN News
: Pope Francis and his Council of Cardinals shortly met to continue discussions on reform of the Roman Curia and unveiled a new communications system for the Secretariat for Communications. Taking place at the Vatican December 11-13, all members were present for the meetings, apart from Cardinal George Pell. Pope Francis was present except for Wednesday morning during the general audience, as is ordinary. Fr. Dario Edoardo Viganò, prefect of the Secretariat for Communications, presented the new communications system, including a new website and logos, during the 22nd round of meetings. According to a Dec. 13 statement, the “the Vatican media system adopts a new production model based on integration and unified management, in full harmony with the reform desired by Pope Francis.” The center...

Arab World

Bkerke: Christian and Muslim issue declaration on Jerusalem

: Religious leaders of Lebanon’s Christian and Muslim communities, meeting in Bkerke, have decided to stand firmly and united but without particular vehemence against the US president’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The declaration focuses on both the "religious rights" of monotheistic religions to their place in the Holy City, as well as the "national rights" of Palestinians not to be deprived of their capital. However, what characterizes the situation above all – beside the Christian voice emanating from the Holy See or the Muslim voice resonating from Istanbul – is the precious Muslim-Christian voice that Lebanon is well placed to make heard. Indeed, the Hashemite monarch, King Abdullah, felt the need to go to the Lebanese Embassy in Amman to express his...

Holy Land

Global church leaders: Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital risks more conflict

: Christians from throughout the world want it known that they believe the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is a serious blow to efforts for a just and sustainable peace in the Holy Land, and risks provoking further conflict in the region. The World Council of Churches (WCC) has long viewed Jerusalem as a city shared by two peoples and holy to three religions. This position was reaffirmed in a statement issued on December 6 by WCC general Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit expressing grave concern over President Trump’s announcement. “Such a step breaks with the longstanding international consensus, and almost seven decades of established American policy, that the status of Jerusalem remains to be settled,” stated Tveit. “It also...