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Breathing form and color to the Word of God: the gift of the Patriarch to the Mother Church of Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM – Behind a wall of ochre stones, in a small workshop hidden inside a residential building, Sr. Maria Ruiz, from the community of the Sisters of Bethlehem, has been working since the end of 2020 on the illustrations of a new Evangeliary, meant for the Mother Church of Jerusalem and entirely done by hand. A crazy project. Such is

August 5th, 2022|

Lebanon: ‘the situation makes you want to cry, but we have hope’.

SIXTY-YEAR-OLD GEORGETTE SHOULD BE LOOKING FORWARD TO A COMFORTABLE RETIREMENT. INSTEAD, SHE IS DOING A JOB THAT DOES NOT EVEN ALLOW HER TO COVER RENT AND SURVIVE ON CHARITY. Two years after the Beirut Port Blast, her situation is far from unique. However, thanks to Church projects, funded by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), things are a little

August 5th, 2022|

EGYPT – He mocked Jesus. An Al Azhar professor will be tried for insulting Christianity and Islam.

Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - His name is Mabrouk Attia and he is a professor of Islamic Law at Al Azhar University, the Egyptian professor-preacher who has ended up at the center of controversy and criminal cases for irreverent expressions reserved for Jesus in a speech filmed and broadcast through social networks. In the speech, Attia made references to the Sermon

August 5th, 2022|

Why is Egypt considered Holy Land?

Have you ever wondered why the land of Egypt is considered the Holy Land? We find a first answer in the Gospel of Matthew to the following passage: “They (the Magi) had just departed, when an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph and said to him: “Arise, take the child and his mother with you, flee to Egypt and

July 29th, 2022|

The medical dispensary of Tripoli: a gate of mercy.

We know it: the war in Ukraine has taken attention and resources away from the entire Middle East, especially in Lebanon where the situation is disastrous. Grain is scarce, electricity only works for a few hours a day. They say you cannot even escape: there is a lack of paper and ink for passports. In this context, more and more people have to

July 29th, 2022|

“My year in Bethlehem”: the testimony of Chiara, who has just returned after her Universal Civilian Service.

I am Chiara and I have just finished my year of Universal Civil Service in Bethlehem with the Association Pro Terra Sancta for the project “White Helmets for the Inclusion of Fragile People in Palestine.” When one thinks of Bethlehem, perhaps he or she connects it directly to the birth of Jesus and Christmas. What one is less familiar with is the conflict situation that

July 29th, 2022|

‘Hope and Closeness’ in the Holy Land: Patriarch Pizzaballa prays with Catholics on Mount of the Beatitudes.

More than 8,000 young Catholics from the United States prayed together Tuesday on the Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount.  Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, led the American Catholics in prayer on July 19 during a vocational meeting organized by the Neocatechumenal Way, a movement in the

July 29th, 2022|

Iraq: Cardinal Sako calls for common living, citizenship, education, peace.

The Patriarch of Baghdad of the Chaldeans spoke at a conference organised by the Community of Sant'Egidio titled “Catholics and Shias before the future”. In his address, he mentioned the pope's visit to Iraq and call for respect for diversity. He urges studying the causes of extremism and finding ways to defeat it. He noted the shared commitment with Grand

July 29th, 2022|

Chaldean Community in Iraq Impacted by Inflation.

If you were wondering, the war in Ukraine is having an adverse effect on the Chaldean Catholic community in northern Iraq, which itself went through spasms of violence eight years ago when an Islamic State terror campaign threatened to empty the region of its Christians. Inflation is taking its toll, too. “The prices of everything,” including food and gasoline, are

July 29th, 2022|

Holy Land: New seeds of peace and caring for Creation in Bethlehem.

Inclusion, education, and the protection of biodiversity. In Jesus’ native land, two young people have launched a Laudato si' Circle and together with the Cremisan Salesians and VIS, are committed to raising awareness about the culture of ecology. “Today is a time of mission and a time of courage! Courage to strengthen faltering steps, to recapture the enthusiasm of devoting

July 29th, 2022|