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
Jerusalem/ asianew.it
: All three monotheistic religions in the Holy Land were represented. In a world where hurting others has become a "pastime", it is necessary to embark on a journey to build a future that is not marked by hate. Whoever hates is its first victim. It is crucial to educate children to carry these values ​​into the future. For Cardinal Tagle, we must...More
By Sophie Laurant/
: Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon accompanied the Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Sako on his first visit to Mosul, which has just been taken from ISIS. Its rotund form is as elegant as ever but nothing remains of its rich décor. “They took all the marble plaques,” laments Archbishop Raphael Sako as he enters the Holy Spirit church in Mosul. Emotional...More
By Philippa Hitchen/ Vatican Radio
: The archdiocese of Rouen in northern France held a special Mass on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the martyrdom of an elderly parish priest, Fr Jacques Hamel. The 85-year-old was martyred while celebrating Mass on July 26th last year after two gunmen stormed his church in the town of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Catholics in France are...More
By Marina Droujinina/ zenit.org
: On September 27, Pope Francis will launch Caritas Internationalis’ campaign “Share the Journey,” geared to promoting encounter with migrants and refugees, announced L’Osservatore Romano in its edition of Wednesday, July 26, 2017. In a letter sent in past days by the Cardinal Archbishop of Manila and President of Caritas Internationalis, Luis...More
: In November 2016, Pope Francis made the unusual move of elevating Archbishop Mario Zenari, papal nuncio in Syria, to the College of Cardinals. With this appointment, the Pope acknowledged and honored Cardinal Zenari’s commitment to remain in his post despite Syria’s civil war; it was also an expression of the Pope’s solidarity with the suffering...More


Cardinal Parolin to visit Russia in September

By Linda Bordoni/ Vatican Radio
: The Holy See has confirmed that the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will travel to Moscow in September. Parolin’s journey to Russia comes in the wake of his visits to Belarus and to Ukraine in the past two years signaling the...

Arab World

Christians need time to rebuild trust before return to Mosul region

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...

Holy Land

Meditation for the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A

By Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
: Following is the meditation of the Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa for the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A, July 30, 2017: Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A Today we read the last three parables of the chapter that Matthew devotes to the mystery of the Kingdom of heaven. Jesus uses new images to speak of the Kingdom of God that bursts into history, that transforms life, and that does something new starting with the small. First of all, let us dwell on the first two parables, similar to each other: a man finds something so valuable, he is full of joy, he goes, sells all that he has and then buys an incomparable treasure. First of all the treasure, the pearl, is found (Mt 13:44,46). The treasure is not something that man does, but something that man finds, that he...