Our Word

By Fr. Rif’at Bader
: “The Dialogue for Peace” Conference, which has recently convened in Vienna by King Abdullah Ben...More
By Deborah Castellano/ zenit.org
: The “Our Father” is the prayer for the children of God, Pope Francis reminds, noting: “It’s the best way to prepare ourselves to receive Jesus in Communion.” The General Audience was held in St. Peter’s Square, on March 14, 2018, the day after the fifth anniversary of Francis’ pontificate. During his catechesis, he spoke of the Mass’ Communion...More
By Saher Kawas/ lpj.org
: In a world region where the sun shines for more than 320 days per year, installing solar photovoltaic panels comes as a very logical method for generating clean electricity. In Palestine, the Latin Patriarchate has installed a Photovoltaic System in its schools in five cities; Ramallah, Birzeit, Aboud, Beit Jala, Gaza and currently underway in...More
Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner/ la-croix.com
: Everyone thinks that the churches will empty but it is the opposite which occurs, says Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan of Assiut Catholic Coptic Bishop Kyrillos William Samaan of Assiut in Middle Egypt is preparing Easter as “normally as possible” despite economic and security tensions. He spoke in Paris at the 10th Night of Witness organized by...More
By Dale Gavlak/Catholic News Service
: Jihadists allied with Turkey are hunting down religious minorities to kill them in Syria’s northwest, Christian activists warn, as Turkey and its allies have encircled the Kurdish-held town of Afrin and are relentlessly pushing through. Turkey is using hardline jihadist proxies, including Islamic State and al-Qaida militants, to eliminate the...More
: The Association of Christians of the Orient (ACO) in Jordan has noted that an academic of one of the prestigious Jordanian universities sought to deal a blow to the national unity that binds Jordanian Muslims and Christians by posting videos of his lectures on social networking sites titled, "Comparative Religions". A relevant statement issued by...More


Asia Bibi: ‘Now I'll finally be able to pray with the Rosary the Pope gave me’

: “A miracle,” said Asia Bibi — the woman sentenced to death for blasphemy — to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), commenting on the decision of the Multan prison, in Pakistan, where she is held at present, to allow her to have the Rosary that Pope Francis gave her. “It’s the first time in nine years that they allow me to have a religious object in the cell.” Last March 12, Asia Bibi was able to meet with her husband, Ashiq, and her daughter, Eisham, on the return from their trip to Italy with ACN, during which the Pontiff received them in private audience. On that occasion, the Pope gave Eisham an extra Rosary to take to her mother, and assured her of his prayers. Eisham recounted to her mother the touching words of the Pope and described their emotional meeting, in the course of which the...

Arab World

Monsignor Abou Khazen: Situation in Damascus, and Al-Ghouta is "harrowing"

Association pro Terra Sancta
: Monsignor Abou Khazen OFM Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo gives a harrowing report of conditions in Damascus, and Al-Ghouta, as the battle between the government army and Al-Nusra rebels rages in densely populated areas. Speaking in this Association pro Terra Sancta (ATS) video, recorded last week during his visit to Italy, Mgr Abou Khazen says that for more than two months the residential areas of Damascus, have been bombed every day. Many young people died because the bombings took place mainly during school leaving hours. He says: "The military forces are fighting jihadist groups in Al-Ghouta. Initially, attempts were made to let out armed men and civilians from the area. But ISIS, Al-Nusra and other affiliates refused and so now the military operation is under way." In a densely population...

Holy Land

Christian leaders in US oppose plan to tax church-owned property in Jerusalem

By Christine Rousselle/ EWTN News/CNA
: Prominent Christian leaders in America co-signed a letter Tuesday, March 13, to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat asking them to reconsider a proposed plan to tax church-owned properties in the city. Currently, properties owned by churches are not taxed. In the March 13 letter, the leaders warned that the policies would “severely inhibit” the work of the churches in and around Jerusalem, and would disrupt the status quo policy. “If enacted, these measures would have the effect of creating a situation that jeopardizes the very survival of the Christian community in the Holy Land,” they said. The letter was signed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops; Archbishop Vicken Aykazian of the...