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Catholic Ordinaries condemn recent vandalism in Palestinian village of Taybeh.

Recent racist acts of vandalism We just learned of a new act of racist vandalism that was committed at the Palestinian village of Taybeh, east of Ramallah, where Hebrew-graffiti was sprayed on a wall and a car was torched. Yesterday, tens of cars were damaged and anti-Arab graffiti, written in Hebrew, were found at the Arab town of Jaljulia (central

December 2nd, 2019|

Egyptian woman ‘wins court battle’ over unequal inheritance laws.

A Coptic Christian woman in Egypt says she has won a legal battle to receive the same inheritance as her brothers. Under the Islamic Sharia inheritance laws the country mainly relies on, female heirs inherit half that of male relatives. Huda Nasrallah, 40, brought the case to test the legality of the statute. The human rights lawyer built her case

December 2nd, 2019|

WCC statement reiterates call for end to conflict in Syria.

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee raised prayers for an end to conflict and for peace in Syria, after more than eight tragic years of death, destruction and displacement. “The WCC is gravely concerned about the continuing humanitarian impact on all people of the region,” reads the statement. “In this context of fresh violence and upheaval, along with

November 28th, 2019|

Chaldean patriarch calls for a crisis unit to stop violence and rebuild the state.

For Card Sako, time is "running out”. Wisdom, a sense of responsibility and courage are needed to come out of the current critical phase. More violence over the weekend left at least nine dead and scores wounded as police shoot into the crowd. “As a Church we are monitoring the situation with great concern,” Card Sako said. Shia authorities express

November 28th, 2019|

Bethlehem branch of Misericordia named after Maria Pia Bertolucci.

BETHLEHEM – On November 15, at the Bethlehem branch of Misericordia, a naming ceremony took place of the branch after Maria Pia Bertolucci, a sister who spent so much time and effort on the realization of this reality in the Holy Land. Present at the ceremony was a delegation of the National Confederation of Misericordia of Italy that arrived in

November 26th, 2019|

Jordan’s King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein Receives Washington Institute Scholar-Statesman Award.

NEW YORK CITY – In a packed ballroom at the Plaza Hotel in New York City last night, The Washington Institute bestowed its highest honor, the Scholar-Statesman Award, on Jordan's King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein and paid tribute to outstanding civic leaders and Institute patrons Merryl and James Tisch. With Queen Rania and Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah

November 26th, 2019|

France: JTB Authority representatives discuss pilgrimage trips to Jordan.

Jordan Tourism Board (JTB) Authority representatives have met with the head and representatives of tourist offices affiliated with churches and parishes in France. The delegation was accompanied by Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan and member of the National Council for Tourism Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader, Director of Religious Tourism in the Jordan Tourism Board

November 26th, 2019|

Gift of the Relic of the Holy Crib of the Child Jesus to the Custody of the Holy Land.

A small piece of the precious Relic of the Holy Crib of the Child Jesus will arrive in Jerusalem on Friday 29th November, a gift from the Holy Father Pope Francis to the Custody of the Holy Land.  The relic, donated by St. Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem to Pope Theodore I (642-649), is currently in Rome, in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. It has contributed for

November 26th, 2019|

For Christians in Egypt, after decades of persecution “things are getting better”.

The threat of attacks from Islamist extremists continues, but the Egyptian government has made it easier to build churches. Despite the ongoing threat of extremist attacks in Egypt, the situation is improving for the country’s Christians according to a leading bishop. Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Coptic Catholic Bishop Kyrillos William of Assiut, expressed

November 26th, 2019|

Living a transformative experience as a young Christian.

“‘God loves you’, ‘God died for you’, ‘You are the daughter of God’ are all expressions I heard and learned when I was a child, but I never understood their deep meaning. Getting used to these phrases made me stop thinking of the message behind them. Although I grew up in faith, there were plenty of things I did not

November 26th, 2019|