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By Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Lina Annab
: Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Lina Annab described her participation in the ceremony held by...More
By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org
: Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, the 77th Maronite Antioch and head of the Maronite Church, is scheduled to arrive in Jordan in Monday, July 23, on a visit that will last until Thursday, July 26. Upon arrival, he will be welcomed by the Lebanese ambassador to Jordan and the Lebanese community in Jordan. Cardinal Rahi will...More
By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org
: The Latin Church celebrated the Feast of the Prophet Elijah on Saturday, July 21, at Al-Wahdneh, Ajloun Governorate, in the presence of Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Lina Annab. Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader presided at the celebration in the presence of parish priest Fr. Issa Shomali, Fr. Iyad...More
Dead Sea/ en.abouna.org
: The 7th Regional Canon Conference which, opened on July 16, concluded its sessions on Sunday, July 22. The conference titled, "Towards an Ecclesiastical Canon Culture" was held in cooperation with the Pontifical University of Lateran in Rome as well the Latin ecclesiastical courts in both Jerusalem and Amman in the presence of dozens of bishops,...More
By Vinciane J./lpj.org
: Chief Executive Officer of the Latin Patriarchate Mr. Sami El-Yousef just came back from one of his bimonthly visits to Gaza. He sheds light upon the role played by the Church there and provides us with reasons to have hope. A humanitarian crisis “Little things you take for granted become huge challenges” Mr. El-Yousef noticed about the daily...More
By Fady Noun/ asianews.it
: Abdel Latif Derian reminded Muslim students of the importance of the Christian presence in the region. Attacks against them are a crime against the entire population. Muslims and Christians share "the same fate". For Mgr Gemayel, the Mufit’s words echo John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation. Supporting and nurturing this voice is a must. The words...More


Patriarch Sako: "The meeting in Bari will not be an isolated event"

By Gianni Valente/ lastampa.it
: The primate of the Chaldean Church rereads the day of prayer and reflection with Pope Francis and the heads of the Churches present in the Middle East, and reveals: “There was also talk of unifying the date for the Easter celebration”. On the day of reflection and prayer on the Middle East, convoked last 7 July in Bari by Pope Francis, the leaders and representatives of Christian Churches and Communities present in the Middle East set aside recriminations, ambitions of pre-eminence and victimization. The attention was not focused only on the sufferings of Christians, because it is clear to everyone that the destiny of Middle Eastern Christians “is linked to that of their fellow road-companions who are not Christians”. And in the dialogue behind closed doors the urgency of unifying the...

Arab World

Lebanon consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is plea for peace in Mideast

By Doreen Abi Raad/ ncregister.com
: For the fifth consecutive year, Lebanon and all of the Middle East has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The consecrations were in response to a request of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East held in the Vatican in October 2012 under Pope Benedict XVI. Building up momentum for the first consecration in June 2013, the “Mother of Light” statue toured Lebanon, visiting 333 Lebanese villages and cities over 40 days. Since then, Lebanon has grappled with crises, including the ominous threat of the conflict in neighboring Syria spilling over; the strain of hosting some 1.5 million Syrian refugees; and a presidential vacuum that dragged on for more than two years. Meanwhile, the country suffers from a continuous economic downslide and severe unemployment. Still, Cardinal...

Holy Land

Bethlehem University signs MOUs with eight IT companies

: On Wednesday, 18 July 2018, Bethlehem University signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with eight Information Technology companies in Palestine. Brother Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem Univeristy, signed the MOUs together with the representatives of the companies. The aim was to provide software engineering students with opportunities of internships during their studies. This was supported by the Palestinian Market Development Program (PMDP) which is funded by the UK Department for International Development and the European Union and implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of National Economy. After welcoming the attendees, Brother Peter said that Bethlehem University was committed to serving the Palestinian people through education and responding to their needs. He...