Our Word

By Fr. Rif’at Bader
: The current major issue is not about the followers of a certain religion; it is rather the...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Jordan News Agency,Petra
: His Majesty King Abdullah praised the steadfastness of Jerusalemites and their continued efforts to defend Al Aqsa Mosque/ Haram Al Sharif. During a meeting on Wednesday, August16, with a delegation representing Jerusalem Awqaf Department as well as Jerusalemites and Palestinian figures, in the presence of HRH Prince Ghazi, the King’s personal...More
By Josephine von Dohlen/ Catholic News Service
: The Trump administration renews its commitment to the protection of religious minority groups threatened by the Islamic State in the Middle East, according to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the preface of the annual State Department report on international religious freedom, released Aug. 15. "ISIS is clearly responsible for genocide against...More
By John L. Allen Jr./ cruxnow.com
: Given that President Donald Trump repeatedly has vowed to make defending religious freedom a key element of U.S. foreign policy, release of the first State Department International Religious Freedom Report on his watch was keenly anticipated. Overall, observers say there's good stuff in it, but it still leaves the basic question unanswered: Having...More
By Denis Grasska/ Catholic News Service
: The Syriac Catholic patriarch doesn't mince words about the ongoing violence and unrest in the Middle East nor does he shy away from calling out the West for not doing enough to protect Christian minorities. "I can tell you, we've been not only abandoned by the Western countries, but even we have been betrayed," Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace...More
: At least a thousand people have taken part in a torchlit procession behind the head of the statue of the Virgin that survived the atomic destruction. Nagasaki Mayor, who fears atomic weapons could be used again in the near future, called on Shinzo Abe to sign the UN treaty banning nuclear weapons, which was snubbed by the great powers and their...More


Pope on Assumption: Virgin Mary ‘is the model of faith and virtue’

Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis reflected on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Angelus on Tuesday, August 15. The feast of the Assumption, also known as Ferragosto, is an important religious and civil holiday in Italy, and thousands of faithful were...

Arab World

Assyrians face 'biggest, greatest challenge' in Iraq

By Stoyan Zaimov/ aina.org
: Christians in Iraq are facing their "biggest and greatest challenge" as they return to their homelands freed from the Islamic State, according to human rights activists. The very future of Christianity in its cradle is on the line. Ashur Sargon Eskrya,...

Holy Land

St. Clare: Feast at the Poor Clare Convent in Jerusalem

Beatrice Guarrera/ custodia.org
: When the Poor Clare Sisters of Jerusalem speak about her, they seem to light up with joy. St. Clare of Assisi is their life example and the spark that has lit up their love for the Bridegroom Jesus. That is why on the saint's feast day, August 11, the sisters were delighted to welcome the many faithful that came from all over Jerusalem for the celebration. Canonized in 1255, St. Clare was very close to St. Francis during his life, wanting to share the same kind of radical self-giving to Jesus. That is why the Franciscans and Poor Clares today are like brothers and sisters. “Our community is spiritually united to the Custody of the Holy Land,” said Sister Mariachiara, abbess of the convent. “Our mission is in line with theirs, but it is more prayer-oriented at its core.” The celebrations...