Our Word

By Fr. Rif’at Bader
: The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan on Saturday, May 27, released the good-...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa
By Beatrice Guarrera/ custodia.org/
: Jerusalem was glistening from atop the Mount of Olives, while the strong sun warmed the air and the soil. In that very place, a crowd of friars and pilgrims gathered on May 24 in front of the Chapel of the Ascension and the tents surrounding the Holy Place. The “sacristy” tent, the “refectory” tent, the “superiors’”tent, and finally the “dormitory...More
By Robin Gomes/ Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis wrapped up an intense 1-day apostolic visit to the Italian port city of Genoa with the celebration of Mass. To the faithful present for the open-air ceremony in Genoa’s Kennedy Square, the Pope said Christians must never tire of working for the common good, they must never fear going out into the world with Christ’s message of peace...More
Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis led prayers Saturday, May 27, for the victims of the terrorist attack on a busload of Coptic Christian pilgrims. During the course of a meeting with clergy and religious of the Archdiocese of Genoa on Saturday morning, the Holy Father asked participants to pause for a moment of silent prayer before reciting the Hail Mary together. "...More
: US President Donald Trump has said "the bloodletting of Christians must end" in a statement responding to the attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt. In the harshly worded statement, Mr Trump described a war between civilization and terrorists, and called on people to rise up against terrorist attack and "defeat this evil." "This merciless...More
Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis has sent a telegram to Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, expressing condolences over the murder of dozens of Coptic Christians in Egypt, and condemning the killings as "a senseless act of hatred." As many as ten gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians on pilgrimage to the Monastery of St. Samuel the Confessor some...More


Cardinal Dolan presses White House on relief for persecuted Christians

By John Allen, Inés San Martín and Claire Giangravè/ cruxnow.com
: As a potential first fruit of Wednesday’s first-ever meeting between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump, on May 24, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said he’s already contacted the White House to suggest one way the two leaders could act on...

Arab World

Grief and rage in Egyptian church after the massacre of Christian pilgrims

: Thousands of Christians, weeping and praying, gathered at a church in a small southern Egyptian village to mourn seven of their community who were among the more than two dozen Christians shot dead by unidentified gunmen earlier on Friday, May 26. Their grief...

Holy Land

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem denounces bus attack on Copts in Egypt

: The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has issued the following statement denouncing the bus attack on Copts in Egypt which took place on Friday, May 26: On Friday May 26, 2017, more than 20 Coptic Christians were killed and dozens wounded in a bus attack in the Minya Province in Egypt. The Copts convoy, which was travelling to hold prayers at the St. Samuel monastery, around 140 miles south of Cairo, was stopped and came under fire by a group of gunmen. The Coptic Church in Egypt has been the target of a string of attacks on its community. In December 2016, a bomb attack committed by ISIS claimed the lives of 29 Coptic Christians and wounded 47 others, who were gathered for Sunday Mass in the Orthodox Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. During Palm Sunday celebration last April, two bombings...