Our Word

By Fr. Rifat Bader
: In the small and quiet Bulgarian capital, Sofia, with a population of 1.5 million people in a...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org
: Jordan Caritas, the social arm of the Catholic Church marked on Wednesday, May 24, its 50th anniversary by celebrating Mass presided over by Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa at Our Lady of Peace Center in Amman. The Mass was concelebrated by Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop...More
By Philippa Hitchen/ Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump met in the Vatican on Wednesday, May 24, discussing issues of peace, interfaith dialogue and religious freedom, as well as the role of the American Church in education, healthcare and support for immigrants. The American leader spent half an hour in conversation with the Pope behind closed doors in the...More
Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis sent a telegraman Tuesday, May 23, expressing condolences to the victims of Monday night's bombing of a concert venue in Manchester, England, and condemning the attack, in which at least 22 people were killed and 59 others injured. Following is the full text of the telegram: His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of...More
By Andrea Tornielli/ Rome
: Archbishop Pizzaballa on the White House’s new approach: “Riyadh may play a decisive role in the conflict between Arab countries and Israel” Understanding that dialogue between religions is a key part of the Middle Eastern mosaic “is an important and positive step.” Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin...More
: May 25, 2017 Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension Matthew’s Gospel does not relate any appearance of the Risen Lord to the disciples, except what we read today. After the resurrection, the first and only ones to see the Lord are the women, to whom Jesus gave the task of announcing to His brothers to go to Galilee: there they will see Him (Mt 28: 9-10...More


Callista Gingrich named US ambassador to Holy See

: President Donald Trump has appointed Callista Gingrich as US ambassador to the Holy See. Callista Gingrich, the wife of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, is president of the Gingrich Foundation and president and CEO of Gingrich Productions...

Arab World

Iraqi immigrant mother holds to faith, heritage in U.S.

By Catholic News Service
: Chaldean immigrant Maureen Antwan wants two things for her children — for them to keep the faith and do well in school. “To just be with the church, that’s the first thing,” she said. “The second thing, I hope they will study and get good grades.” Although...

Holy Land

Donald Trump visits Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

: US President Donald Trump has begun his two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories with a private visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Under tight security and led by the traditional kawas honour guard announcing the way with the thumping of their ornamental staffs, the president made his way by foot through the Old City’s alleyways to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. He and First Lady Melania Trump were welcomed at the entrance of the church courtyard by Greek Orthodox Patriarch Archbishop Theophilos III; Franciscan Father Francesco Patton, custos of the Holy Land; and Armenian Patriarch Nourhan Manougian. Trump was accompanied into the church by his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The church encompasses the area where Jesus was crucified,...