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Baptism Site: Faithful converge from East and West to meet in the river.

BAPTISM SITE – On January 10 and 12, 2020, the faithful and pilgrims in the Holy Land made their annual pilgrimage to the Baptism Site (Al-Maghtas) on the west and east banks of the Jordan River, to commemorate the Baptism of the Lord. Last Friday, January 10, the Catholic Church, whose building complex is found within a stone’s throw from

January 15th, 2020|

LEBANON – Maronite Bishops to Lebanese politicians: do not drag the country into the conflicts that are stirring the Middle East.

Beirut  - Lebanese politicians must do everything possible to strengthen Lebanon's national cohesion and keep the country safe from the new winds of war that are stirring the entire region. The Bishops of the Maronite Church, who met on Wednesday 8 January in the patriarchal see of Bkerkè, under the presidency of Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai, for their traditional monthly

January 9th, 2020|

EGYPT – Al Sisi at the vigil of Coptic Christmas: “If we love God, we must love each other”.

Cairo - "Let us continue in an honorable way, in a time without honor, and we believe that God will make honorable people victorious". Thus Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi expressed himself in his speech before Patriarch Tawadros and bishops, priests, religious and the multitude of faithful gathered in the Cathedral dedicated to the Nativity, in the new administrative

January 9th, 2020|

Holy Family of Nazareth, an example of love.

Called "Shrine of Life" and "Domestic Church", the family was God's chosen means of bringing Jesus into the world. According to the Gospel of Matthew, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said to him: "Do not be afraid to receive Mary as your bride, for He who was conceived in her comes from the Holy Spirit. And

January 8th, 2020|

Heads of Churches in Jordan visit the Greater Amman Municipality.

The heads of Churches in Jordan visited the Greater Amman Municipality on Saturday, January 4, and met with Mayor Dr. Yousef Al Shawarbeh. During the meeting, the heads of churches extended greeting on the advent of the New Year 2020 and thanked the municipality for allocating an 11-dunum plot of land in Shafa Badran to serve as a new cemetery.

January 8th, 2020|

Holy Land Co-ordination 2020 to visit the Holy Land 11-16 January.

Holy Land Co-ordination 2020 (HLC20) to visit the Holy Land 11-16 January in support of the local Church. This year the Bishops will visit Christians in Gaza, Ramallah and East Jerusalem Bishops from across Europe and North America will meet in the Holy Land over the coming days to promote dialogue and peace, with a pastoral focus on Christians in

January 8th, 2020|

Christian faith stronger than ever in Iraq despite instability, says Mosul Archbishop.

As the Iraqi city of Mosul struggles to rebuild after the destruction wrought by the so-called Islamic State, the local Catholic Archbishop says Christians are stronger in their faith than ever before. Mosul served as the unofficial capital of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) from June 2014 until their expulsion in July 2017. The terrorist group left the ancient city

January 8th, 2020|

Egypt rules Coptic inheritance governed by Christian law.

Nasrallah went to court to ensure her father’s estate was “fairly shared” between her and her two brothers CAIRO: An Egyptian court has ruled that Coptic citizens should be governed by Christian inheritance norms, including gender equality, a lawyer told AFP on Sunday. “Until now, Islamic law (which provides that men should inherit twice as much as women) was applied

January 8th, 2020|

Iraqi cardinal: Innocents will ‘be the fuel’ for fire after drone strike.

Demonstrators react during a Jan. 3, 2020, protest in front of U.N. offices in Tehran, Iran, after Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed in a U.S. drone airstrike at Baghdad International Airport earlier that day. (Credit: CNS photo/Nazanin Tabatabaee, West Asia News Agency via Reuters.) Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako, responding to a U.S. drone attack in Baghdad that

January 8th, 2020|

Epiphany: “Today Bethlehem is the capital of the world”.

“On the solemnity of the Epiphany, Bethlehem is the capital of the world: the city that attracts all peoples.” With these words, the Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Francesco Patton, introduced his commentary on the Gospel on the day of the Epiphany in the St Catherine ad Navitatem church, next to the Basilica of the Nativity. Epiphany is the

January 8th, 2020|