Our Word

By Fr. Rifat Bader
: At an invitation extended by the Sofia-based Bulgarian Center for Middle East Studies, an...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Andrea Tornielli/ Vatican City
: On Wednesday, May 24,, the US president will land in Rome from Israel. Appointed Callista Gingrich Ambassador to the Holy See. At 8.30 am on Wednesday, May 24, two Americans will be shaking hands for the first time. President Donald Trump’s audience with the Argentinian Pope has been a big maybe for a few months as, up until three weeks ago, no...More
: US President Donald Trump has begun his two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories with a private visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Under tight security and led by the traditional kawas honour guard announcing the way with the thumping of their ornamental staffs, the president made his way by foot through the Old City’s...More
By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org
: The Caritas Regional Conference of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) kicked off on Monday, May 22, with the participation of a number of Middle East and North Africa Caritas officials and guests, as well as regional and international partners. Jordan was chosen to be the venue of this conference so as to share the celebrations marking the...More
Vatican Radio
: For the first time in nearly 1,000 years bone fragments of Saint Nicholas, one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered figures, have been moved from an Italian church to Russia where huge crowds of Orthodox faithful were expected to visit the relics. The historic move follows talks between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill. After reaching...More
By Élise Racque/ la-croix.com
: The Church is enjoying robust growth in Africa yet faces several challenges. “African Catholicism remains on the margins of global theological thinking,” an expert told "La Croix". How big is the Catholic Church in Africa? Vatican data revealed in 2015 that there were a little more than 222 million Catholics in the continent – one in every five...More


Memo to Pope and Trump: Here’s a breakthrough for you

By John L. Allen Jr./ cruxnow.com/
: Although agreement between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump on May 24 may be elusive on many fronts, one concrete step that could result from the meeting, and that both men presumably would approve, is for some share of U.S. overseas aid...

Arab World

Iraqi immigrant mother holds to faith, heritage in U.S.

By Catholic News Service
: Chaldean immigrant Maureen Antwan wants two things for her children — for them to keep the faith and do well in school. “To just be with the church, that’s the first thing,” she said. “The second thing, I hope they will study and get good grades.” Although...

Holy Land

Second batch of Syrian students graduate from Latin School in Naour

: Under the patronage of Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan Fr. Rifat Bader, Caritas Jordan celebrated on Saturday, May 20, the graduation ceremony of the second batch of Syrian students who have pursued studies at the Latin School in Naour. In his address, Fr. Bader stressed that the Catholic Church in Jordan, through Caritas Jordan, has established a number of schools in our beloved Kingdom in cooperation with the Ministry of Education in order to provide educational services to the forcibly displaced brethren from fraternal countries particularly from Iraq and Syria. He added that stable and safe Jordan had taken upon itself the responsibility of providing humanitarian services to them. Present at the graduation ceremony were representatives of the...