Our Word

By Fr. Rif’at Bader
: Jordan has been characterized as the country that welcomes the forcibly displaced brethren and...More
Cairo-The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan
: Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan Fr. Rif’at Bader has conveyed the greetings of Latin Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah to the participants in the international conference which was convened by Al-Azhar in support of Jerusalem and in reaction to the recent US president's decision on the city. Fr. Bader said: "I...More
By Andrea Tornielli/ lastampa.it
: On the plane from Santiago de Chile to Iquique, Francis marries, by surprise, two flight attendants of Latam airline. “This sacrament means a lot...” Carlos and Paula still have tears in their eyes. Up to a few minutes before they were serving sandwiches and drinks to passengers on the Santiago-Iquique flight. He is a steward, she is a hostess....More
Agenzia Fides
: Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II, Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai and Apostolic Armenian Catholicos Aram I are the most prominent representatives of the Eastern Churches who took part in the International Conference on Jerusalem in progress in Cairo on the initiative of the University of Al Azhar, the major theological-academic center...More
: The Holy See “will not cease to reiterate the urgent need for a resumption of dialogue between the Israelis and the Palestinians for a negotiated solution aimed at the peaceful coexistence of two states within the borders agreed between them and internationally recognised, in full respect of the distinctive nature of Jerusalem, whose significance...More
: Following is Holy Land Coordination final communique 2018 which was issued at the conclusion of the visit to the Holy Land titled, "Hope for a Better Future": We have come to the Holy Land to meet its youth, listen to their voices, and pray for justice and peace. Despite the continuing destructive conflict and the divisive approach of so many in...More


Pope at Mass in Temuco: ‘Be artisans of God’s unity’

By Devin Watkins/P
: Pope Francis has delivered the homily at Holy Mass in Temuco – the ancestral lands of Chile’s indigenous Mapuche people – inviting all to unity and warning against enforcing it through violence. In his homily at Mass on Wednesday, January 17, in Temuco, Pope Francis invited the indigenous peoples of Chile to seek the unity of which Jesus spoke: “That they all be one (Jn 17:21)”. The Pope spoke about the beauty of the Araucania, thanking God for allowing him to visit it and its people. “This landscape lifts us up to God, and it is easy to see His hand in every creature. Many generations of men and women have loved this land with fervent gratitude,” he said. Special greetings to Chile's indigenous people Pope Francis paused to greet “in a special way the members of the Mapuche people, as...

Arab World

Egypt's Al-Azhar int'l conference on Jerusalem kicks off

: An international conference on Jerusalem kicked off in Egypt on Wednesday, January 17, amid outcry in the Muslim world over last month's U.S. decision to recognize the holy city as Israel's capital. Officials and figures from around 86 countries are attending the conference, which is organized by Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in the Sunni Muslim world. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef bin Ahmad Al-Othaimeen, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, Secretary-General of the World Council of Churches Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit are among attendees in the event. The two-day conference will discuss ways of providing support for preserving the Palestinian and Arab identity of the holy city. On Dec. 6, U.S....

Holy Land

A classical music concert for Iraqis in Jordan

By Claire Guigou/ lpj.org
: On Monday, January 8, more than 1,000 Iraqi refugees from Amman and surrounding areas gathered in the Tla ‘El Ali Church to listen to the French quartet Psophos Quartet. A concert offered by donors who wanted to provide a moment of beauty to this uprooted population. The performance was held on Tuesday, January 9. In the immense Tla ‘El Ali Church, the audience holds its breath, curious and attentive. With delicacy, the four musicians begin the first notes: a quartet (a piece in four parts) written by the great Mozart in Vienna composed for Haydn. First, the French quartet, selected from the prestigious New Generation Artists of BBC Radio 3 in London, consists of two violins (Eric Lacrouts and Bleuenn Le Maître), a viola (Cécile Grassi) and a cello (Guillaume Martigné). Tonight, they have...