Our Word

By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: It is not easy to hold such a mammoth concert in the Jordanian city of Jerash by renowned singer...More

Latin Patriarchate

By Most Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
By Dale Gavlak/ Catholic News Service
: A young African mother calls for help to the Caritas staffer at the refugee dormitory as her toddler quickly scurries down the hallway, giggling. Unaware, Syrian and Iraqi refugees huddle outside under an awning, busy texting, as the rain pours down. Caritas social worker Lisa Maisch said it’s all in a day’s work as she and others at the facility...More
zenit.org and alrabiya.net
: Pope Francis received Secretary General of the World Islamic League, Muhammad al-Issa, who is currently visiting the Vatican. on September 20, 2017. During the meeting,discussions focused on a number of issues of common interest, which are in the interest of peace and global harmony, and “cooperation in issues of peace, coexistence and the spread...More
: The French embassy in Jordan held a reception on Tuesday, September 19, within the framework of a visit by a delegation of French journalists and officials of the Arab World Institute (AWI) to Jordan, marking a new exhibition organized by the AWI titled, “Christians of the East… Two Thousand Years of History”. In a welcoming address, French...More
By Sophie Mangal/ aina.org
: In the Syrian city of Maaloula (Ma'loula) The Christian Church began to commence services in the Christian monastery of St. Thecla. The pilgrims from all around the world traveled to religious shrines before the war. It was almost completely destroyed and looted by ISIS and Al-Nusra Front. When under pressure from the Syrian Arab army the...More
By Edward Pentin/ ncregister.com
: The Vatican announced on Tuesday, September 19, that Pope Francis has established a new Pontifical John Paul II institute for “Marriage and Family Sciences” to replace the previous academic institution founded by John Paul in 1981. In an apostolic letter Summa Familiae Cura issued motu proprio and published Sept. 19, the Vatican said the new...More


Cardinal Filoni: One becomes a Christian because he is 'fascinated'

: The proclamation of the Gospel "is not an indoctrination, or an imposition or a forging of minds and hearts". It adheres to the Gospel not for "ideological proselytism" but because is "fascinated", with the "inner freedom of those who discover...

Arab World

Sisters in Syria: Our job is to stand by the sick

By Murcadha O Flaherty// indcatholicnews.com
: Sisters caring for Syria’s sick and wounded throughout five years of heavy bombardment have received essential medical equipment from Aid to the Church in Need. The charity has provided the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition who run St Louis Hospital,...

Holy Land

Father Iyad Twal sheds light on new school year in Palestine

By Cécile Klos/ lpj.org
: Following the opening of the school year, the media office of the Latin Patriarchate interviewed Father Iyad Twal, Director of the Latin Patriarchate Schools in Palestine and Israel. He met us in the context of this opening and the direction to be given to this new school year. Father Iyad, the schools of the Patriarchate, of which you are the director in Palestine and Israel, took place recently. Can you tell us in what context it occurred? To approach this new year, we began working at the end of the previous year. We conducted a survey by distributing a questionnaire by which we gathered information on administrative, financial and educational aspects of each school. The results vary and depend on the characteristics of each of them but all share the same communication challenges...