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‘Sister protests’: Lebanon, Iraq look to each other.

A Lebanese flag flutters in the protest-hit Iraqi capital. More than 900 kilometres (500 miles) away, a revolutionary Iraqi chant rings out from a bustling protest square in Beirut. "Don't trust the rumours, they're a group of thieves," sings a group of Lebanese musicians in Iraqi dialect, referring to political leaders they deem incompetent and corrupt. "The identity is Lebanese,"

November 14th, 2019|

Opening hours at Nativity Church extended by 3 hours in preparation for Christmas.

BETHLEHEM – The Higher Presidential Committee of Churches Affairs in Palestine announced yesterday Monday, November 11, 2019, that it reached an understanding with the three Churches administrating the Church of the Nativity to extend the opening hours of the holy site by an extra 3 hours, i.e. from 5 am until 8 pm, in preparation for Advent and Christmas. According

November 14th, 2019|

EGYPT – Coptic priest: violent fanaticism and occultism increase atheism and religious indifference among young people.

Cairo - Only 33% of Egyptian youth consider the relationship with God really important, while the possibility of giving reasons with persuasive arguments of one’s own religious faith is shared only by 67% of the Egyptian population. These are data contained in a report presented in recent days by Coptic Orthodox priest Matta Badie to a large sector of the

November 12th, 2019|

Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. Hosts Annual Fundraising Event.

Over 250 friends and benefactors of the Holy Land Franciscans and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C., came together at the Monastery on Saturday, November 9, for the annual Mass and Gala. Franciscan Father Francesco Patton, Custos of the Holy Land, presided at the Mass in the Monastery church, and shared his reflections on the friars’

November 12th, 2019|

13th-century encounter points way to greater Christian-Muslim understanding.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Eight centuries ago, St. Francis of Assisi took a risk when he crossed the battlefield between Crusader and Muslim forces near Damietta, Egypt, desiring to meet Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil and preach his faith in Jesus Christ. At the time - 1219 - Christian forces were in the midst of the Fifth Crusade, which was eventually repelled by

November 12th, 2019|

King calls for safeguarding Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

His Majesty King Abdullah on Sunday, November 10, inaugurated the fourth ordinary session of the 18th Parliament and delivered the Speech from the Throne. In the speech, King Abdullah reaffirmed Jordan’s unwavering positions on key causes, His Majesty said: “Our national positions on the Palestinian cause are steadfast, supporting our Palestinian brethren to establish their independent state on the 4

November 12th, 2019|

Hungarian official visits Caritas Jordan, Our Lady of Peace Center.

JORDAN – On Wednesday, November 6, Mr. Tristan Azbej, the Hungarian State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and for ‘the Hungary Helps Program’ at the Hungarian prime minister’s office, visited the main offices of Caritas Jordan where he was welcomed by Caritas Jordan Director Wael Suleiman and members of staff.  During the visit, Mr. Tristan Azbej was introduced

November 12th, 2019|

Bishop James Wall of Diocese of Gallup leads a group of 350 pilgrims to the Holy Land.

JERUSALEM – On Saturday, October 26, 2019, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem welcomed H.E. Bishop James Wall, of the Diocese of Gallup in New Mexico, who led a group of 350 pilgrims from New Mexico, Arizona, and other US states to the Holy Land.  In the Co-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarchate, Bishop Wall celebrated Mass during which he shared his

November 12th, 2019|

Archbishop Pizzaballa makes pastoral visit to Latin Community of Cyprus.

CYPRUS – From October 29 to November 5, 2019, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa visited the small Latin community of Cyprus, once again showing his closeness as a bishop, whose diocese also includes the Cypriot territory. Perhaps not everyone knows that the Diocese of Jerusalem includes a vast territory, which covers Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Cyprus. A very large diocese that also

November 12th, 2019|