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To paint the face of Christ. An iconography course for Iraqi parishioners and refugees in Amman.

Amman  - The Face of Jesus was chosen as the model for the brief iconography course organized at the Catholic parish of St. Joseph, in the district of Jabal Amman, in the capital of Jordan.  Fr. Mario Cornioli organized a 4-day Iconography course to introduce parishioners and Iraqi refugees to painting icons and the theology behind them. The unique pastoral

November 20th, 2018|

Pope to Holy Sepulcher Equestrian Order : “place evangelical love of neighbor as final aim of your works”

ROME – Pope Francis on November 16, 2018, encouraged the work of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. He greeted in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the members of the Consulta, taking place in Rome from November 13-16. “With regard to your mission in the world, do not forget that you are not a philanthropic entity committed

November 19th, 2018|

Protect, Guard, Restore: the Sanctuaries of the Custody of the Holy Land.

The three-year formation at St. Savior’s Monastery in Jerusalem continues: on November 3, the Custodial Curia hosted a formative meeting addressed to the sacristans, sanctuary workers, spiritual pilgrimage leaders and to the Franciscan Pilgrimage Office. A choral prayer of introduction guided those present in a reflection on the importance of their work in offering pilgrims an experience of simple faith.

November 19th, 2018|

Syriac Orthodox Patriarch speaks on future of Christians in Middle East.

The future of Christians in the Middle East was the subject of a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference, held on 17-19 of February. Organised by the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, the panel was titled 'What future do Christians have in the Middle East?' and focused on the situation of the churches in Syria and Iraq. The panel was chaired by

November 19th, 2018|

Pope Prays for Peace in Middle East With Head of Assyrian Church.

Pope Francis spoke about the "great suffering" that many Christians are enduring in the Middle East, and prayed for peace in the region, especially in Iraq and Syria. The Pope was meeting Friday with Mar Gewargis III, the Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East. He said many Middle Eastern Christians are following in the footsteps of Christ,

November 16th, 2018|

‘Next Time We Will Not Survive’ — Middle East Christian Refugee.

As many as 80% of Syria's Christians have left their country since the start of the civil war in 2011, while 50% of Iraq's Christians have been uprooted since 2006, according to a report produced by Christian charities Open Doors International, Served and Middle East Concern last year, which said the arrival of IS was only the "tipping point" of

November 16th, 2018|

The exhibition “Bible on the move: traditions and translations of the Holy Scriptures”

With the beginning of November the academic year of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (SBF) officially begun. The SBF is the scientific institution for research and academic teaching of the Holy Scriptures and archeologyof the biblical Places of the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land. For several years now, precisely since 2013, thanks to a fruitful collaboration between the General Library of the Custody and its director, Friar Lionel Goh,

November 16th, 2018|

Why the Holy Land is the ‘fifth gospel’ of Christianity.

Jerusalem - Pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a powerful journey that can ignite Christian faith through seeing the places Jesus walked, worked miracles, died and rose from the dead. The Franciscans who have served in the region say people should go. “When you come here, you are very moved by the experience. It puts the gospel in perspective,” Father Athanasius

November 16th, 2018|

Melkite Catholic bishops criticize deteriorating Palestinian situation.

BEIRUT - Melkite Catholic bishops from around the world, meeting for their synod, criticized the deteriorating situation in the Palestinian territories and rejected Israel’s Nation State Law. In a final statement following their Nov. 5-10 synod in Rabweh, Lebanon, the bishops underscored “the seriousness of the oppression and the violation of the rights of innocent citizens” in the Palestinian territories

November 16th, 2018|

The General Secretariat of Christian Schools honors members of the Ecumenical Committee for Catechesis.

The General Secretariat of Christian Schools honors members of the Ecumenical Committee for Catechesis at the meeting of Christian schools’ principals on Friday, November 9, 2018, at the Oasis Hotel – Jericho. The recognition program included an opening speech by Father Iyad Al-Twal, Secretary-General, in which he commended the efforts and achievements of the Committee in the field of Catechesis.

November 15th, 2018|