Our Word

By Fr. Rif'at Bader
: The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan conveys to the Jordanians heartfelt...More
: Pope Francis named fourteen new Catholic cardinals on Sunday May 20, again diversifying representation in the most elite body of church prelates with selections from places as far-flung as Iraq, Pakistan and Japan and solidifying his influence on the group that will one day elect his successor. As the pope began to give the names of those he...More
By Robin Gomes/ vaticannews.va
: The Vatican on Saturday, May 19, released the message of Pope Francis for this year’s World Mission Sunday, in which the Pontiff is inviting young men and women who want to follow Christ, to seek, to discover and to persevere in their vocation. Observed by the Catholic Church on the penultimate Sunday of October every year, World Mission in...More
By Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org
: Pope Francis has proclaimed marking an annual celebration of the Feast of Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, to be on the Monday the follows Pentecost. The Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Naour has taken note of this grand feast that glorifies the Virgin Mary, the Mother of the Church and the Mother of humanity, as Mass will be celebrated in the...More
By Philippa Hitchen/ vaticannews.va
: A consistory of cardinals took place here in the Vatican on Saturday, May 19, during which the canonisation of six new saints was officially announced. Of those six names, the two best known figures are Pope Paul VI and the assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero. The two men will be proclaimed saints on 14 October during the Synod...More
By Christopher White/ cruxnow.com
: While the Marian site of Lourdes has long been a popular pilgrimage destination for those seeking healing, as 15,000 soldiers gather there this week for the 60th anniversary International Military Pilgrimage, it will transformed into “the world capital of prayer for peace.” According to Bishop Antoine de Romanet, head of the diocese of the French...More


Pope appeals for peace in the Middle East and Venezuela

By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp/ vaticannews.va
: After his Regina Caeli address in St Peter’s Square on Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis announced that he continues to pray for the Middle East and expressed his hopes for Venezuela. Prayer for Peace in the Middle East The Pope went on to say that he had followed spiritually a prayer vigil for peace held in Jerusalem on the Vigil of Pentecost. “Let us continue to pray today”, he invited those gathered, “that the Holy Spirit might arouse the desire for and gestures of dialogue and reconciliation in the Holy Land and in the entire Middle East”. Beloved Venezuela Pope Francis then turned his thoughts toward Venezuela which he called “beloved”. He prayed that the Holy Spirit might give all the people of Venezuela “the wisdom to find the path of peace and unity”. He ended this thought praying...

Arab World

'Justice for the abducted bishops of Aleppo and persecuted Christians'

: The second edition (May-June 2018) of the Occidental World Magazine published by the Occidental Studies Institution has published an article on the ‘Abducted Bishops of Aleppo and Persecuted Christians in Syria’ written by George Alexander (Junior Adviser on Geo-strategy of Region). Following is the text of the article: The Five-Year Anniversary of the Abducted Bishops of Aleppo The conflict in Syria is taking a turning point. Militants and terrorists are fleeing. We are still waiting for the safe return of our beloved Prelates (Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Mar Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazig of Aleppo). Both Prelates courageously negotiated with ISIS for the release of Father Michel Kayal and Father Maher Mahfouz and other captives. It was reported...

Holy Land

Amman: The Restaurant of Mercy offers meals at iftar time

By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org
: "The Restaurant of Mercy" has announced that it opens its doors throughout the Month of Ramadan at Iftar time to serve food for those who break their fast. The Restaurant of Mercy, launched by Caritas Jordan in cooperation with the Latin Vicariate in Amman, was inaugurated on December 23, 2015 in Jabal Luweibdeh, Amman. The Restaurant of Mercy is a reflection of the charitable activities of the Catholic Church where Caritas' institutionalized goodness reflects spiritual purity and national affiliation. It is a demonstration of Jordan's unity and cohesion in the confrontation of evil. On the opening of the Restaurant of Mercy, Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan Fr. Rif'at Bader had earlier said: "The restaurant plays a role in enhancing Christian-Muslim...