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: In an unprecedented step in Jordan, Jordanian girl Ainor Alawneh holds the post of prime minister...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
: While meeting in Amman, Jordan, from 17-23 November, the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee issued a statement on recent developments in Iraq affecting the prospects for sustaining religious and social diversity, and the future of the nation and its peoples. While the recapture of the Nineveh plains, Mosul and other areas removed...More
By Catholic News Service
: The United States must resume its leadership role in addressing climate change, dozens of Catholic leaders wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump. “On behalf of people who are poor and vulnerable and future generations, we especially ask that you act based upon the best available climate science,” 161 leaders said in the November 16...More
vatican Radio
: Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday, November 20, the XXXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time and the first-ever World Day of the Poor – in St. Peter’s Basilica. The Holy Father announced the World Day of the Poor during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, and entrusted its organization and promotion to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New...More
By Angelo Stagnaro/
: On the occasion of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Burma, the first time in that country for any pope, Archbishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng granted an interview to speak about his hopes and concerns about the upcoming the papal visit. Archbishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng was born on March 20, 1939, and was ordained on March 27, 1965. He was installed as...More
: American University of Madaba (AUM) Vice President Dr. Osama Haddad received Governor of Bethlehem Jibrin Bakri and the accompanying delegation on Saturday, November 18. In a welcoming address, Dr. Haddad said the AUM, which is one of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem institutions, serves as a link between Jerusalem and Madaba. He added that the...More


United Nations Universal Children's Day marked on Nov. 20

: By Resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It is intended to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. It recommended that the Universal Children's Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The General Assembly suggested to governments that the Universal Children's Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the...

Arab World

Masrour Barzani: Kurdistan will continue to protect Christians

: Masrour Barzani, chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, said on Thursday, November 16, that Kurdistan would continue to protect Christians in the Nineveh Plain and reiterated the group should remain in their regions. Chancellor Barzani met the Archbishop of the Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matte Warda, and stated that “Kurdistan was and will remain a model of coexistence and tolerance for religious and other minorities.” Warda confirmed that “The Kurdistan region is the safest place for Christians to live,” and emphasized that the international community should offer greater support for Kurdistan and its Christians. The two discussed the situation of Christians in Kurdistan and Iraq, especially the Christians of the Nineveh Plain. Warda pointed out that the displaced...

Holy Land

Christian denominations converge on Amman for World Council of Churches meeting

By Rula Samain/ The Jordan Times
: Christian communities of the Middle East and the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the oldest religious institution, have been facing serious challenges in recent years, said Patriarch Theophilos III at the World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting on Friday. According to its website, the WCC brings together churches, denominations and church fellowships of 348 members from more than 110 countries and territories around the world, representing over 500 million Christians, including most of the world's Orthodox churches, scores of Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Reformed churches, as well as many United and Independent churches. During the opening address, Theophilos III outlined the recent threats undermining the Christian presence. “Over the last several months, we have...