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: Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa...More
By Philippa Hitchen/ Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis travels to Cairo on Friday, April 28, to meet with Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Egypt’s al-Azhar university. The Pope will spend just over 24 hours in the Egyptian capital, where he’ll also meet with the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Pope Tawadros II and leaders of the small Catholic community there. At al-Azhar...More
Vatican Radio
: Father Christopher Clohessy, a professor at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies said it’s crucial that Egypt’s suffering Christian minority feel the pastoral closeness of Pope Francis during his 24 hour visit to Cairo. The priest, who spent years living and working in the Egyptian capital, also said that the Pope’s “tireless”...More
: Pope Francis tweeted Thursday "tomorrow I will travel to an Egypt of peace as a pilgrim of peace", on the eve of his two-day apostolic journey to Egypt. The message on the nine-language @Pontifex account recalled the trip's motto: "Pope of peace in Egypt of peace". The Pope is set to meet the Grand Imam of al-Azhar, considered one of Sunni Islam's...More
Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis’ meeting with the Coptic Orthodox leader, Pope Tawadros in Cairo on Friday will be an important sign of solidarity with Christians who suffer and die for their faith in Egypt and throughout the Middle East. That’s the view of Msgr Gabriel Quicke who heads the office for dialogue with the Oriental Orthodox Churches at the Vatican’s...More
Vatican Radio
: An American Catholic priest ministering in Egypt has said Christians there fear for their safety and talk about wanting to leave their homeland in the wake of the Palm Sunday terrorist attacks north of Cairo that killed dozens of people. Ahead of Pope Francis' visit to Egypt, Father Doug May told Vatican Radio that residents in several...More


Pope Francis sends video message ahead of Egypt visit

By Devin Watkins/ Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis has sent a video message to the people of Egypt ahead of his Apostolic Journey to the country, saying the “world needs peace, love and mercy”. Pope Francis began his video message to the people of Egypt with the traditional greeting in...

Arab World

Catholic patriarch of Alexandria: Pope Francis’ visit will mark a renewal of the Church

By Loula Lahham/ asianews.it
: Anba Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak describes his joy for Pope Francis’s visit and his uneasiness towards his country, hit by terrorism. He talks about the fraternal relations with Tawadros II and those with Al Azhar and President el-Sisi, as well as the renewal of the...

Holy Land

A Caritas Jordan delegation briefs Bishop Shomali on activities

: A Caritas Jordan delegation, led by Caritas General Director Wael Suleiman paid a visit to the Latin Vicariate in Amman on Wednesday, April 26. The visit was designed to meet with Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali and wish him well on assuming his new duties and to mark Easter celebrations. Mr. Suleiman gave a debriefing on Caritas history as well as its role in responding to the humanitarian needs of refugees and needy Jordanian families. This assistance covers health, humanitarian, education and awareness services by implementing projects at Caritas centers in Jordan. For his side, Bishop William lauded Caritas humanitarian services, noted that the visit was an opportunity to learn more about Caritas' impressive activities and to meet with its workers who carry...