Our Word

: Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of...More
By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org
: Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan Fr. Rif'at Bader has received a student delegation from the University of Columbia led by Salvatore Vito Borgognone, consultant for Columbia University Global Centers, in the presence of CCSM members of staff. Fr. Bader welcomed the visiting delegation and praised their...More
By Andrea Tornielli/ lastampa.it
: The Pope celebrates mass “for justice and peace” at the O’ Higgins Park of Santiago, “we must overcome great or subtle faults and ambitions born of the desire for power and to “gain a name for oneself” “Peace? It must be sown “by nearness, closeness”. “A peacekeeper knows that it is often necessary to overcome great or subtle faults and ambitions...More
By Rula Samain
: There is always a lot to mediate upon from the Lord Jesus’ words and actions; there are, furthermore, there are many things to learn in order to eventually try to live life according to His will, and live it happily. We read in the Bible that Jesus Christ said: "I am the light of the world", then in other places He said: "You are the light of the...More
By Nawal Sayed/egypttoday.com
: Egypt's Al-Azhar will hold an international conference in Cairo on Wednesday, January 17, for backing Jerusalem as the main capital of occupied Palestine, under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah Sisi. The two-day conference adopts the motto of "World Conference in Support of Jerusalem", and witnesses the participation of prominent national,...More
By Adelaide Mena/ CNA/EWTN News
: Walk along in the March for Life and you may see them: a swarm of women – many of them young – dressed in long blue habits, white veils blowing in the breeze. They are the Sisters of Life and they have a message for women and for the pro-life movement: “You are not alone.” “We really see ourselves primarily as a spiritual entity that intercedes...More


Pope Francis addresses authorities in Chile

By Andrea Tornielli in Santiago de Chile
: In his first speech in Chile, Francis asked forgiveness for the violence committed by priests, “make every effort to support the victims, as we commit ourselves to ensuring that such things do not happen again”. And calls on the political authorities to listen to the poor and “native peoples whose rights and culture need to be protected”. In the country of Catholic Latin America, where the Church has lost much of its credibility in the face of public opinion and where protests are rife, Francis chooses to begin by asking forgiveness. In the face of the scandal caused by the case of Father Fernando Karadima, a charismatic and influential priest found guilty by the Holy See of child abuse in 2011, and other cases in Chile, Pope Bergoglio states that he feels “pain and shame at the...

Arab World

Christian worship revived in Iraq city of Qaraqosh

: The names of Asian cities are often unknown to most people in the western world. Qaraqosh is one such city. Its connection to Biblical accounts of history dates to hundreds and even thousands of years before Christ as it lies within the Nineveh Governorate and close to the ruins of both Nineveh and Nimrod. The city has a long history dating back to the earliest centuries A.D. The city was heavily damaged during 2014 when ISIS gained control. Most of the population fled to safety. Displaced residents began returning in 2016 after Iraqi forces were able to defeat the ISIS troops and retake the city. Before the ISIS take over, the residents typically identified themselves as either Muslim or Christian. The term Christian, however, was broadly generic, meaning “not Muslim.” “Steve Van...

Holy Land

The Council of European Bishops’ Conferences pays a visit to Gaza

: The Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) which gathers 33 European Bishops’ Conferences paid a visit to Gaza on Sunday, January 14. The Council is represented by their Presidents, plus the Archbishops of Luxembourg, of the Principality of Monaco, the Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus and the Bishop of Chişinău (Moldova Rep.), the Eparchial Bishop of Mukachevo and the Apostolic Administrator of Estonia.The current President is Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa; the Vice-Presidents are Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of of Westminster, and Mgr Stanisław Gądecki, Archbishop of Poznań. The CCEE General Secretary is Mgr Duarte da Cunha. The Secretariat is based at St Gallen (Switzerland). This year the Holy Land Co-ordination decided celebrated Sunday Mass on January...