Our Word

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader
: With the passing away of Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-...More
: Caritas Jordan signed a partnership and coordination agreement with Near East Council of Churches Committee for Refugee Works (NECC) on Wednesday July18, 2018. The agreement calls for conducting training courses in the fields of health awareness as well holding vocational training that engage refugees from different nationalities and needy...More
: Liam Allmark, Head of Public Affairs at the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, joined a delegation of UK MPs from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kurdistan on a visit to the autonomous region in northern Iraq in May 2018. Attending as an observer at the invitation of the APPG, Liam has written this report. Our Bishops...More
: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Wednesday, July 18, by the American University of Madaba (AUM) and the University of Hasselt in Belgium. The MOU aims to exchange students between the two universities, which allows students to study for one or two semesters at American and/or European universities with the same local fees. The...More
By Saliba Sarsar, Ph.D.*
: At a time when much noise surrounds the Holy City of Jerusalem, there is harmony taking place at the Magnificat Institute – the Music School of the Custody of the Holy Land. Countless hours of practice bore fruit when students and teachers shared their heavenly sounds between July 12 and 16 at the Shrine of St. John Paul II, the Museum of the...More
By Claire Giangravè/ cruxnow.com
: In order to ensure the survival of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, America must take the reins, according to a high ranking official in the U.S. State Department. “It is this administration’s strong belief that American leadership is crucial in securing the future of Christians in the Middle East and to protecting...More


New book launched to mark WCC’s 70th anniversary

: The World Council of Churches (WCC) has published a book by British ecumenist Rev. Dr Donald W. Norwood presenting the story of the global church network since its creation in 1948. Pilgrimage of Faith: Introducing the World Council of Churches offers a lively and informative historical sketch of the organization and is a key resource to mark WCC’s 70th anniversary. The book traces the history of the WCC in a fresh and vivid retelling of its ten global assemblies held on five continents in which key ecumenical themes were explored such as church unity, ecumenical prayer, care of creation, anti-racism, and support of women’s role in church and society. The book includes a gallery of historic photos, reproductions of assembly posters, and a timeline showing the ten assemblies and their...

Arab World

Aleppo: Carmelite nuns give a good example of real Christianity

By Doreen Abi Raad/ Catholic News Service
: Amid the destruction in war-torn Syria, a community of Discalced Carmelites in Aleppo perseveres in its mission of continuous prayer and help to families in need. The Carmelite nuns, four of whom are Syrian and two French, are in their quiet demeanor “a message of peace and a spiritual message of hope,” said the provincial of the Discalced Carmelite Fathers in Lebanon, Father Raymond Abdo, who visited the convent July 5-7. The nuns’ convent on the outskirts of Aleppo, in an area that has often been a focal point of the fighting, once had a missile land in the yard. In seven years of civil war, the convent has suffered many food, water and electricity shortages, seen its windows shattered and a surrounding wall destroyed. The sisters in the northern Syrian city are living a “very heroic...

Holy Land

Deep sorrow expressed over the passing of Apostolic Administrator's father

: The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem bishops and priests express deep sorrow over the passing away of the father of Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen. The director and members of staff of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan convey heartfelt condolences to Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa over the passing away of his father. May his father's soul rest in peace. Amen Prayer: God our Father, Your power brings us to birth, Your providence guides our lives, and by Your command we return to dust. In company with Christ, Who died and now live, may they rejoice in Your kingdom, where all our...