Our Word

By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: His Majesty King Abdullah II addressed the 71st United Nations General Assembly on September 20,...More
By Hassan Saidi/ aina.org
: "The faces of the men around us were very stiff and their looks were as cold as the stone; whenever they would look at me with their frigid faces I would be afraid and their frowns made me feel terrified and frightened. I would run to my father at the sight of their motionless beards." Thus spoke Chahd, the 19-year-old Iraqi citizen to Al Arabiya...More
: The head of the Coptic Orthodox Church has called on a Catholic charity to redouble its efforts to help Christians stay in the Middle East. Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II made the plea at a meeting with Neville Kyrke-Smith, national director of Aid to the Church in Need. At the meeting in Cairo on Tuesday (20th March), Pope Tawadros said: “I...More
By Andrea Tornielli/ lastampa.it
: Pope Francis has reaffirmed that it is the episcopal conferences’ responsibility to authorize the ways of receiving communion. Cardinal Sarah criticized today’s widespread practice denouncing is as a diabolical attack. Just a few, yet very significant lines. Continuing the catechesis on the mass, during the general audience on Wednesday 21 March...More
By Rula Shomali/ lpj.org
: “Blessed are those who dwell in your house, they are ever praising you” (Psalms 84:4) On Monday, March 19, 2018, the Latin Patriarchate Seminary in Beit Jala presented Nadeem Giacaman and Wajdi Sahawneh to be instituted in the ministry of lector while Wajdi Twal received the ministry of acolyte during a solemn Mass presided by Bishop Boulos...More
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp/ vaticannews.va
: March 22 is World Water Day. “Nature for Water” is the theme for the 2018 celebration. Pope Francis and the Holy See have often contributed to this theme. Pope Francis has already made it clear that the availability and care of the world’s water sources must be a global priority. In his encyclical Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home), the...More


Vatican News: Pope Francis interviewed in new book 'God Is Young'

: Thomas Leoncini interviews Pope Francis in a book that has been released on an international level. Its release coincides with the Palm Sunday celebration of World Youth Day. "God Is Young" contains an interview with Pope Francis, who speaks with young people throughout the world. The book is being released in Italian, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Brazilian, Polish, Croatian, Slovak, Slovenian, Czech, and an English edition which will be available in time for the Synod on Youth in October. Here are some excerpts from the book. Young people are prophets with wings A young person is something like a prophet, and needs to realize that. He or she needs to be aware of having the wings of a prophet, the attitude of a prophet, the capacity of prophesying, of speaking but also of acting....

Arab World

Lebanon: The National Day of the Annunciation moved to April 9

Beirut/ Agenzia Fides
: The National Day of the Annunciation, usually celebrated in Lebanon on March 25, this year has been moved to April 9. This was confirmed by a document released Tuesday March 20 by the Maronite Patriarchate. The celebration was postponed because this year, for the Churches that follow the Gregorian calendar, March 25 coincides with Palm Sunday. In Lebanon the Marian solemnity of the Lord's Annunciation has been proclaimed a national holiday since 2010, when the government was led by the Sunni Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Every year, on the occasion of the feast, organizations of Islamic-Christian dialogue-- starting from the Ensemble Autour de Marie group--promote feasts, meetings and celebrations in various parts of the country. The Christian solemnity of the Lord's Annunciation was...

Holy Land

Senior Canadian delegation visits Caritas Jordan centres in Amman

: Canada’s Director General of International Humanitarian Assistance Mr. Stephen Salewicz, accompanied by Ambassador of Canada to Jordan Mr. Peter MacDougall and Program Officer for Humanitarian Assistance Ms. Marie-Helene Ayotte-Rivard, paid a visit on Thursday, March 22, to Caritas centers in downtown Amman. The delegation was received by Caritas Jordan Director Mr. Wael Suleiman and a team of Caritas Jordan employees who briefed the delegation on Caritas’ activities and the services provided to refugees and the vulnerable people of the local communities. Mr. Suleiman made reference to the health services provided in partnership with the Canadian government and Caritas Canada which aim at the betterment of the living conditions of the poor and the needy. A meeting ensued which focused...