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IRAQ – Chaldean Patriarch Sako receives a delegation from the Muqtada al Sadr Movement.

Baghdad  - Yesterday, Tuesday, January 4th, the Patriarch of the Chaldean Church, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, received a delegation from the movement of Muktada al-Sadr from Karkh, a district of the Iraqi capital west of the Tigris, at his residence in Baghdad. This was reported by official sources of the Chaldean Patriarchate and added that the representatives of the political

January 14th, 2022|

Catholic pilgrimage to the Baptism site due on Friday, January 14.

The Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan has announced that the 22nd pilgrimage ceremony of Catholic Churches to the Baptism Site will take place on Friday, January 14, during which Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa will celebrate Holy Mass at the Church of the Baptism of Christ, whose construction is almost complete, in the

January 14th, 2022|

Christmas greetings at Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.

JERUSALEM – On Monday, January 10, a couple of days after the Greek Orthodox Christian community celebrated Christmas, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, visited his counterpart, Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, to convey his Christmas greetings. He was accompanied for the occasion by Father Davide, Chancellor of the Patriarchate, Bishop William Shomali, General Vicar and Patriarchal

January 14th, 2022|

Israel reopens its borders.

ISRAEL - Since 9 January 2022, the conditions for entry into Israel have been considerably eased, even compared to the measures in force last fall: tourists, even individuals from "orange" countries, are now allowed to come. This decision, long-awaited by millions of pilgrims, unfortunately arrives after a sad and lonely Christmas for the Christian community of the Holy Land, who was deeply affected

January 14th, 2022|

Latin Patriarchate social events and activities during Christmas season.

JERUSALEM – During the entire Christmas season, the social department of the Latin Patriarchate organized various activities for families in need all over the diocese. All in all, 1,400 gifts and presents were given to children in Southern and Northern West Bank and in East Jerusalem. All the parishes in Southern and Northern West Bank organized Christmas parties for children

January 14th, 2022|

Insights: Along the Jordan River.

The Jordan River, which means“flowing further and further down” is a fairly large waterway that runs through the entire Holy Land (330 km), from Mount Ermon to the Dead Sea. Its importance is not so much due to its size or economic relevance as to the symbolic value it acquires as a result of the biblical events that have occurred along its banks, since ancient times. The river formed the natural eastern boundary

January 14th, 2022|

Greek Orthodox Patriarch warns Christian presence in Jerusalem under threat by Zionist extremists.

Patriarch Theophilos III charges that a rising number of assaults against Christians and church buildings are an attempt to drive the Christian community out of Jerusalem’s Old City.   “Our churches are threatened by Israeli radical fringe groups,” wrote Patriarch Theophilos III in a column published in last Saturday’s British daily, The Times. “At the hands of these Zionist extremists,” Jerusalem’s Greek

January 14th, 2022|

Mideast Catholic patriarchs urge Christmas hope amid misery.

BEIRUT — Patriarchs of the Middle East urged their faithful, overwhelmed with suffering, to hold on more tightly to hope this Christmastime. In Lebanon, collapsing since 2019 under financial and social disintegration in which nearly 80% of the population now lives below the poverty line, Cardinal Bechara Rai, Maronite Catholic patriarch, admonished the country’s officials for their “disdain” for their

January 7th, 2022|

At home away from home.

For Sara, Chiara, Morgane and Roberta this year will be a christmas different from the usual. The four girls who participate in the Civil Service program 2021/22 together with our Association, find themselves far from home in a moment that, traditionally, is spent together with loved ones. But in Bethlehem Christmas is at home and the great family of the city where

January 7th, 2022|