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By Fr. Rif’at Bader
: Under the impressive slogan “Media in the Service of the Culture of Meeting”, the Catholic Center...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
By Elise Harris/ CNA/EWTN News
: On the first World Day for the Poor, Pope Francis said caring for the needy has a saving power, because in them we see the face of Christ, and urged Christians to overcome indifference and seek ways to actively love the poor that they meet. “In the poor, we find the presence of Jesus, who, though rich, became poor,” the Pope said Nov. 19. Because...More
By Hannah Brockhaus/ cruxnow.com and agencies
: Thousands of Detroit area Catholics knew Father Solanus Casey as a miracle worker. On Saturday, November 18, the Catholic Church officially recognized that quality in the late Capuchin friar, declaring him “Blessed Solanus” in a beatification Mass at Ford Field. "I've been waiting for this day for 14 years," said Lily Flask of Livonia, Mich., who...More
news.va
: A multitude of Coptic pilgrims crowded the San Giorgio Sanctuary in Rizeigat, in the southwestern province of Luxor for days, in one of the most impressive celebrations of Christian popular devotion recorded annually in the Arab countries. Celebrations at the Sanctuary took place from 11 to 17 November, attracting tens of thousands of devotees...More
ankawa.com
: 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...More
By Rula Samain/ The Jordan Times
: Christian communities of the Middle East and the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, the oldest religious institution, have been facing serious challenges in recent years, said Patriarch Theophilos III at the World Council of Churches (WCC) meeting on Friday. According to its website, the WCC brings together churches, denominations and church...More

World

Pope Francis sends video message to Myanmar ahead of visit

By Devin Sean Watkins/ Vatican Radio
: Pope Francis has sent a video message to the people of Myanmar, saying his upcoming trip to the country is meant “to confirm the faith of Myanmar’s Catholic community”. The Holy Father makes his Apostolic Journey to Myanmar on 27-30 November 2017. “I am coming to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, a message of reconciliation, forgiveness, and peace,” Pope Francis said. Announcing his intention of confirming the faith and Gospel witness of the people of Myanmar, Pope Francis struck a warm tone in his video message sent ahead of his upcoming trip. “My visit is meant to confirm the Catholic community of Myanmar in its worship of God and its witness to the Gospel.” Pope Francis said the Gospel “teaches the dignity of every man and woman and commands us to open our hearts to others,...

Arab World

The first inter-religious dialogue center could open in Saudi territory

Agenzia Fides
: One of the concrete fruits of the brief but important visit to Saudi Arabia by Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai could be the green light of the Saudi monarchy to the creation of a permanent International Inter-religious Center in the Kingdom. The new body-- report Lebanese sources to Fides, which have not yet been officially confirmed--could be hosted at the site of an ancient 900-year-old church, brought to light, and for this purpose would be completely renovated. The official sources of the Saudi kingdom do not confirm the rumors about the future inter-religious dialogue center, but with regards to the visit of Patriarch Rai, emphasize this event and presents it as a confirmation of Saudi's intention to open dialogue with other realities and religious communities. On Tuesday, November 14...

Holy Land

Late Karam Mseih laid to rest

Amman-en.abouna.org
: A Requiem Mass was said at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Amman on Saturday, November 18, marking the passing away of Knight of the Holy Sepulcher Karam Mseih. The Mass was celebrated by Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali, Patriarch Emeritus Fouad Twal, and parish priest Ala' Musharbash. Present at the church were a large number of priests, family members of late Karam Mseih, and a large number of believers. He was laid to rest at the church which he built in 2000.