Our Word

By Fr. Rifat Bader
: It is a new decisive step undertaken by Pope Francis which has to do with the question, "Who can...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis has appealed for moderation and dialogue after a surge of violence and killings over Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Addressing the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, July 23, the Pope said he is following “with trepidation the grave tensions and violence of the last days in Jerusalem.” “I feel the need to express...More
By François Vayne/ Vatican city
: Following is an interview with Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches: Eminence, in your role in charge of the Congregation for Oriental Churches, what would you see as the priorities in providing support to Christians living in the vast biblical territories? «I often receive groups of Catholics led by their...More
By Erik Rosales/ ankawa.com
: Although the United States and other coalition forces have driven ISIS from Iraqi cities like Mosul, the task of rebuilding remains enormous. Plus, what will become of the persecuted Christians? U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dilion with Operation Inherent Resolve said, “Over the last three years, through Iraqi determination ISIS has been on a decreasingly...More
: A Catholic charity in France has sent 15 Virgin Mary statues to Iraq to replace those destroyed by ISIS during the group's three-plus-year targeting of those it deemed to not follow its brand of religion. The Catholic organization in France L'Œuvre d'Orient, or "The Work of the Orient", sent the statues to Erbil in the Kurdistan Region earlier...More
:   The Chaldean Patriarchate issued the following statement on the situation on Friday July 21 on the Nineveh Plain:   It is unfortunate that the attempt to put a hand on the towns of the Nineveh Plain, through public or concealed struggles is imposing a negative influence on the native people of this land. This sort of “Control / Invasion” is...More

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Parolin’s visit to Russia key step in Pope’s courtship of Putin

By Claire Giangravè/ cruxnow.com
: The second highest-ranking official in the Vatican, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, is preparing for his August trip to Russia. The historic event represents a key step in Pope Francis’s courtship with President Putin, with one eye pointed toward ambitious...

Arab World

Maronite Catholic convent hosts interfaith meeting of Iraqi youth

By Doreen Abi Raad/ ncregister.com
: A group of Iraqi youth of different faiths aims to fight the fanaticism and divisions plaguing their country with an arsenal of peace-building tools acquired from a workshop in Lebanon. The workshop, by Adyan (“religions” in Arabic), a Lebanese foundation for...

Holy Land

Heads of Churches express concern at mounting tension in Jerusalem

: Following is the full text of statement issued by the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem on Wednesday, July 19, regarding the mounting tension around al-Haram ash-Sharif: We, the Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, express our serious concern regarding recent escalation in violent developments around Haram ash-Sharif and our grief for the loss of human life, and strongly condemn any act of violence. We are worried about any change to historical (status quo) situation in al-Aqsa Mosque (Haram ash-Sharif) and its courtyard, and in the holy city of Jerusalem. Any threat to its continuity and integrity could easily lead to serious and unpredictable consequences, which would be most unwelcome in the present tense religious climate. We value the continued custody of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on...