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By Fr. Rif’at Bader
: Marking the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which was widely celebrated in the Middle...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Madaba-en.abouna.org
: The functionaries of the activities of the Youth World Peace Forum (WYPF), organized by Caritas Jordan, opened at the American University of Madaba (AUM) on Friday, September 22, with the participation of youths from 30 Arab and foreign countries. The opening ceremony was attended by Patriarch Emeritus Fouad Twal, First Counselor for the...More
By Hannah Brockhaus/ catholicnewsagency.com
: An exhibit at the Vatican this month shows the 230-year history of the Catholic Church on the Korean peninsula, highlighting the faith of its martyrs and promoting a message of peace. Fr. Matthias Hur Young-yup , a spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Seoul, told CNA that with the exhibit they want to promote peace and teach people about Korean...More
petra.gov.jo
: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II delivered a speech on Thursday, September 21, at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, on behalf of His Majesty King Abdullah II. In the speech, Crown Prince Al Hussein outlined the unprecedented challenges facing the "largest generation of young people in history". "...More
Vatican Radio
: The Holy See on Thursday, September 21, became one of the first entities to sign and ratify a new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. The treaty was signed by Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States, for the Holy See, and in the name of and on behalf of Vatican City State. More than 40 countries signed the treaty...More
en.abouna.org and lpj.org
: On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, vandals broke into and desecrated St. Stephen Church in Beit Jimal, near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem. The perpetrators smashed a statue of the Virgin Mary and the stained-glass windows depicting important passages in the life of Jesus. The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land issued the...More

World

Caritas staffers in Germany juggle duties as they help refugees

By Dale Gavlak/ Catholic News Service
: A young African mother calls for help to the Caritas staffer at the refugee dormitory as her toddler quickly scurries down the hallway, giggling. Unaware, Syrian and Iraqi refugees huddle outside under an awning, busy texting, as the rain pours down...

Arab World

Churches, destroyed and looted by ISIS, being restored in Syria

By Sophie Mangal/ aina.org
: In the Syrian city of Maaloula (Ma'loula) The Christian Church began to commence services in the Christian monastery of St. Thecla. The pilgrims from all around the world traveled to religious shrines before the war. It was almost completely destroyed and...

Holy Land

Lord Jesus Christ’s parable of the workers in the vineyard

By Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
: Following is the meditation of the Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa for September 24, 2017, the 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A September 24, 2017 XXV Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A The Gospel of last Sunday was structured on two main axes: on the one hand, the immense and unlimited love of the Father, who forgives the man an unpayable debt, and on the other, the relationship of men with one another, a more tedious and complex relationship, which struggles to welcome the magnitude of God’s heart. But if Father’s forgiveness and love do not transform and do not enlarge the human heart, they remain ineffective in some way. Also in today’s passage, we are facing the same dilemma. The parable that opens the twentieth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew portrays first of all a truly...