Our Word

By Fr. Rif’at Bader
: Under the impressive slogan “Media in the Service of the Culture of Meeting”, the Catholic Center...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
: The World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee has kicked off its meetings in Amman, Jordan, on November, 17 to approve the 2018 plans and budget, prepare for renewal of the WCC strategic plan, to discern the way forward for the WCC’s involvement in the Holy Land for justice and peace by learning more about the particular situation in...More
: On Saturday, November 11, 2017, and on the occasion of the Feast of Multiplication of Loaves and Fish, Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, celebrated Mass in the Church of Multiplication in Tabgha in Galilee. The solemn Mass, which was organized by the Benedictine Community...More
: Bethlehem Governor Jibren Al Bakri and an accompanying delegation visited the Latin Vicariate in Amman on Thursday, November 16, to convey good wishes to Bishop William Shomali on assuming his post as Latin Patriarchal vicar for Jordan. Governor Al Bakri Al-Bakri discussed the difficult humanitarian conditions experienced by the citizens of...More
: The Knight of the Holy Sepulcher, Karam Mseih, has passed away. He is survived by a blessed family and a legacy of good and noble deeds devoted towards the Church and the Jordanian community. The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan, conveys heartfelt condolences to his family and relatives. Funeral prayers will be held on Saturday,...More
Agenzia Fides
: One of the concrete fruits of the brief but important visit to Saudi Arabia by Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai could be the green light of the Saudi monarchy to the creation of a permanent International Inter-religious Center in the Kingdom. The new body-- report Lebanese sources to Fides, which have not yet been officially confirmed--could be...More


Pence, Card. Parolin agree on need to address needs of Christians in Iraq, Syria

: US Vice President Mike Pence has welcomed to the White House Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin to reaffirm the strong and enduring cooperation between the United States and the Holy See. The two leaders underscored the fundamental values shared by the United States and the Holy See and their mutual commitment to engage globally to promote human rights, combat human suffering, and protect religious freedom. The vice president expressed gratitude for the Holy See's efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela and looked forward to Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Burma and Bangladesh. The leaders agreed on the need to address humanitarian and stabilization needs across Iraq and Syria, including for Christians and other vulnerable minority communities. The vice president also...

Arab World

Saudi king, Cardinal Rai review fraternal relations during first historic visit

AFP and Reuters
: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday, November 14, hosted the head of the Lebanese Maronite church, a historic first at a time when Riyadh is stepping up pressure on Iran- backed Hezbollah. Cardinal Beshara Rai arrived in Riyadh on Monday, November 13, in the first trip to the Kingdom by a senior Lebanese figure since a crisis sparked by the shock resignation of prime minister Saad Hariri, which was announced from the Saudi capital. Cardinal Rai and the king “reviewed fraternal relations between the kingdom and Lebanon and confirmed the importance of the role of different religions and cultures in promoting tolerance, renouncing violence, extremism and terrorism,” the state-run Saudi Press Agency said. Cardinal Rai also met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on a trip that symbolizes a...

Holy Land

Lord Jesus' parable of the talents

By Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
: Following is the meditation of the Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa for November 19, 2017, the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A: The Gospels we have heard on recent Sundays, especially the parables, have got us into the habit of looking at life’s events starting from relationship with the Lord: if we learn to know His Heart, His gratuitousness, His desire to give us life, then we go to work in the vineyard without further calculating merits and performances (Mt 20:1-16), there we are like children who welcome all in gift (Mt 21:33-41), we welcome the invitation to His banquet entering there as new persons (Mt. 22:1-14), and so on. This key also helps us with today’s parable (Mt. 25:14-30), that of the talents. A man has some wealth and, departing for a long journey, hands...