Our Word

By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: Marking the advent of the month of Ramadan and the upcoming celebration of ‘Id Al-Fitr, the...More
By Linda Bordoni/ vaticannews.va and zenit.org
: During the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis said, "Invoke the Holy Spirit more." Pope Francis encouraged Arabic-speaking Christians, especially those from the Middle East present in St. Peter’s Square, to do so during today’s General Audience of Wednesday, May 23, 2018. After his catechesis on Confirmation, the Pope said: ‘Dear...More
Anne-Bénédicte Hoffner/ la-croix.com
: Several times during the past few years, Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako’s name has been circulated as one of those who may be selected to become cardinal. Then on May 20, Pope Francis finally named Sako, the Baghdad-based Chaldean patriarch of Babylon, to the College of Cardinals, which will be responsible for electing his successor. The 69-year-...More
: Caritas Jordan has started its annual campaign for the holy month of Ramadan by visiting several governorates of the Kingdom, to share with families the joy of this blessed month, through the distribution of humanitarian aid. A team of Caritas headed to the Mafraq Governorate/ Khalidiya area, in coordination with the Promise Welfare Society and in...More
By Robin Gomes/ vaticannews.va
: Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi is among 14 new cardinals that Pope Francis announced on May 20. They will be made cardinals at a ceremony on 29 June in Rome. Muslim politicians and activists in Pakistan have joined Christians in welcoming the news about Pope Francis nominating Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi among 14 new cardinals he will...More
: American veterans in search of healing attended a recent pilgrimage to Lourdes, through the Archdiocese for Military Services and the Knights of Columbus. Among the pilgrims was Charles Baldinger, a West Point-educated infantry officer who had to retire due to stage 4 brain cancer. “We came for physical healing with my right side and speech. We...More


Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako named cardinal

: Pope Francis named fourteen new Catholic cardinals on Sunday May 20, again diversifying representation in the most elite body of church prelates with selections from places as far-flung as Iraq, Pakistan and Japan and solidifying his influence on the group that will one day elect his successor. As the pope began to give the names of those he would make cardinals, the first pronounced was notable Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, an Iraqi who often speaks publicly about the suffering his people have encountered after the U.S.-led invasion of their country in 2003. The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) conveys heartfelt wishes to Cardinal Sako on this nomination. The CCSM also sends good wishes to the Chaldean Church and the Christians of Iraq hoping that this...

Arab World

Mar Sako: Nomination as cardinal, sign of Pope’s friendship and proximity to all Iraq

: Speaking to AsiaNews the Chaldean primate describes the "dual responsibility" because it indicates the Pope's closeness to Christians and to all the people. A choice that "surprised" him and attests to Pope’s great care for the Church in difficulty. Congratulations from Christian and Muslim personalities. Shiite leader: "Gift of mercy for Iraq". Al-Sadr wins election but does not have the numbers to form a government. ***** A "dual responsibility", confirming Pope Francis’ "support for the Chaldean Church, for its Christians" and, at the same time, for "all Iraq, for ​​its people. That's why I will do all I can to serve these people, in a critical time", says Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael Sako. Speaking to AsiaNews, in the wake of the pontiff's decision to raise the primate of the...

Holy Land

Feast of Virgin Mary celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes grotto in Naour

: "You are living a historic moment." This is what Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem Bishop Paul Markotso addressed the crowd of believers who were celebrating a new feast decreed by Pope Francis on the Monday the follows Pentecost, namely the Feast of Virgin Mary, the Mother of the Church. He added, “These are historic moments, it is the first feast that concerns us all because Virgin Mary is the mother that brings around Her children.” Bishop Markotso, the Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem, noted that the idea that Pope Francis wished to bring forward by celebrating this feast on the day that follows the Feast of Pentecost, is that it is the day that marks the birth of the Church and the day when the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples of Jesus after His Ascension in the...