Our Word

By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: In the past few days, the Catholic Center for Studies and Media organized a "pilgrimage" and...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
: “Father Hamel sowed peace!” said the Archbishop of Rouen, France, Monsignor Dominique Lebrun, in an interview published in L’Osservatore Romano, July 25, in preparation of the first anniversary of Father Jacques Hamel’s murder, July 26. The 85-year-old priest was slain a year ago by two Islamic extremist youths, while he was celebrating Mass in...More
By Claire Giangravè/ cruxnow.com
: One year ago today, 85-year-old French Father Jacques Hamel was brutally slain while saying Mass in his small parish in Normandy. Today, his sister says Hamel has become a "brother to all," and also stubbornly professes hope, both for Christian/Muslim coexistence in France and even for newly elected French President Emanuelle Macron, who will be...More
: A Vatican diplomat has told the UN Security Council that the historical status quo of the holy sites in the Holy Land is "a matter of profound sensitivities,” and reminded them that Jerusalem is sacred to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Israel sparked a crisis by unilaterally installing metal detectors at the Temple Mount, leading to Muslims...More
: The head of the Lutheran World Federation has called on theologians to remove the obstacles that hinder unity with the Catholic Church. Rev. Dr. Martin Junge made his remarks in a letter commemorating the 50th anniversary of official Lutheran dialogue with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. “Our task as theologians and as...More
By Dale Gavlak/ Catholic News Service
: As some Iraqi Christians make a slow return to the region around Mosul following the defeat of the Islamic State group, many say it will take time to rebuild their lives and even longer to rebuild their trust of those who betrayed them. “The war isn’t finished yet and neither is the Islamic State. There is no stability and there is still fighting...More


Cardinal Sandri visits Ukraine in sign of Vatican solidarity

By Devin Watkins/ Vatican Radio
: Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, wraps up a week-long visit to Ukraine on Monday, July 24. He made the trip as a sign of solidarity with the faithful of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the wake...

Arab World

In Aleppo, the dead await final resting place

By Josué Villalón/ zenit.org
: This month, Pope Francis opened up a new path to sainthood for “those Christians who, following in the footsteps and teaching of Jesus, have offered their life voluntarily and freely for others and have persevered in this to death.” As reported by Aid to the...

Holy Land

'Know Thy Heritage'... a Palestinian diaspora conference at Bethlehem University

: On Friday, July 14, the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, under the leadership of Sir Rateb Rabie and in partnership with Bank of Palestine and Bethlehem University, brought together local and diaspora Palestinian youth for a one-day workshop at Bethlehem University. The programme, known as Know Thy Heritage, celebrated the return of 22 Palestinian youth living in diaspora from seven different countries – Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Honduras, and the USA. They joined 19 local Palestinians to discuss their roots, their feelings on return, and their hopes for the future. Sir Rabie welcomed all and emphasized the importance of connection for the local Palestinian youth with those living in diaspora. Dr. Michael Sansur, Executive Vice President at Bethlehem University...