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: In an unprecedented step in Jordan, Jordanian girl Ainor Alawneh holds the post of prime minister...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
By Waseim Kasabry/ lpj.org
: On Sunday, November 19, 2017, and on the occasion of the feast of Saint Marie Alphonsine Gattas, the daughter of Palestine and the founder of the Rosary Sisters, Our Lady of Annunciation church in Beit Jala celebrated a solemn Mass presided by parish priest Fr. Hanna Massad and concelebrated by Fr. Issa Hijazeen and Deacon Ala’ Ba’eer. Moreover,...More
By Rock Ronald Rozario & Stephan Uttom Rozario/ la-croix.com
: Bangladeshi leaders of different faiths hope the upcoming visit by Pope Francis will promote harmony and tolerance in this Muslim-majority nation. However, one hardline Muslim group warned it would protest if the Pontiff said or did anything “unexpected and unacceptable". The November 30-December 2 visit will be the third by a pope to the populous...More
By Iacopo Scaramuzzi/ lastampa.it
: On the occasion of the award ceremony of the Foundation dedicated to the Pope Emeritus, the Orthodox musician will perform the Pater Noster on Benedict XVI’s piano. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI received the composer Arvo Pärt and the other two winners of the 2017 Ratzinger Prize, the German Lutheran theologian Theodor Dieter and the German Catholic...More
: While meeting in Amman, Jordan, from 17-23 November, the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee issued a statement on recent developments in Iraq affecting the prospects for sustaining religious and social diversity, and the future of the nation and its peoples. While the recapture of the Nineveh plains, Mosul and other areas removed...More
By Angelo Stagnaro/
: On the occasion of Pope Francis’ historic visit to Burma, the first time in that country for any pope, Archbishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng granted an interview to speak about his hopes and concerns about the upcoming the papal visit. Archbishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng was born on March 20, 1939, and was ordained on March 27, 1965. He was installed as...More


Catholic leaders urge Trump to return U.S. to leading role on climate

By Catholic News Service
: The United States must resume its leadership role in addressing climate change, dozens of Catholic leaders wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump. “On behalf of people who are poor and vulnerable and future generations, we especially ask that you act based upon the best available climate science,” 161 leaders said in the November 16 correspondence. The group called on the president to fund the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, meaningfully participate in the framework convention deliberations, and honor U.S. commitments to the Green Climate Fund. The U.N. framework guides international climate policy while the IPCC assesses scientific, technical and socioeconomic information related to human-induced climate change...

Arab World

Masrour Barzani: Kurdistan will continue to protect Christians

: Masrour Barzani, chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council, said on Thursday, November 16, that Kurdistan would continue to protect Christians in the Nineveh Plain and reiterated the group should remain in their regions. Chancellor Barzani met the Archbishop of the Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Matte Warda, and stated that “Kurdistan was and will remain a model of coexistence and tolerance for religious and other minorities.” Warda confirmed that “The Kurdistan region is the safest place for Christians to live,” and emphasized that the international community should offer greater support for Kurdistan and its Christians. The two discussed the situation of Christians in Kurdistan and Iraq, especially the Christians of the Nineveh Plain. Warda pointed out that the displaced...

Holy Land

Governor of Bethlehem visits Jordanian counterpart, AUM, Latin Vicariate

: American University of Madaba (AUM) Vice President Dr. Osama Haddad received Governor of Bethlehem Jibrin Bakri and the accompanying delegation on Saturday, November 18. In a welcoming address, Dr. Haddad said the AUM, which is one of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem institutions, serves as a link between Jerusalem and Madaba. He added that the AUM is proud to have an enrollment of over 1,500 students from 25 countries worldwide where this wonderful human mosaic produces a diverse university society open to the various cultures and civilizations of the world which leads to intellectual openness and enriches the spirit of dialogue." President of the Board of Trustees of the Private University of Palestine Dawoud Al Hajj expressed pride in the advanced level attained by the UAM and...