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Damage inside the Church of All Nations in Jerusalem from a Dec. 4, 2020 arson attack. Photo courtesy of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Gethsemane church targeted in arson attack

The Catholic leaders of the Holy Land are demanding an investigation into an attempted arson attack at a basilica located... Read more

UAE and Israel flags.

Christian advocacy group hails Israel-Emirates deal

An advocacy group for Christians and other religious minorities living in the Middle East has praised an agreement between Israel... Read more

Palestinian refugees.

Christians face the pandemic in Palestine

Facing the global coronavirus pandemic, Palestine has “the special and unique challenges of being under colonialism and a touristic country,”... Read more

Archbishop Justin Welby in Łódź, Poland, July 21, 2016.

Cardinal and Archbishop of Canterbury oppose potential West Bank annexation

An English cardinal and the Archbishop of Canterbury have expressed their joint opposition to the potential annexation of West Bank... Read more

Old City Jerusalem.

Vatican expresses concern over potential West Bank annexation

As Israel’s new government considers annexing parts of the West Bank, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s chief negotiator appealed to the... Read more

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Old City of Jerusalem.

Pilgrimages canceled as new Israeli quarantine comes into effect

New Israeli quarantine measures, in effect from Thursday, have led to cancelled trips to the Holy Land, with some pilgrims... Read more

Palestinians mourn the death of Mohammed Hamayel, 15, during his funeral in Beita in the West Bank, March 11, 2020, after he was shot by Israeli forces.

Israeli forces kill Palestinian minor in West Bank

Mohammed Hamayal, a 15-year-old Palestinian boy, was shot and killed by Israeli troops Wednesday during a clash in the West... Read more

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the US Military Archdiocese says Mass at the Holy Family Latin Parish in Gaza with the Holy Land Coordination, Jan. 12, 2020.

Bishops visiting Holy Land ask for application of international law

Following a trip to the Holy Land, a group of bishops from the United States and Europe called on their... Read more

Father Joney Babhah of St. Joseph Parish in Jifna. Courtesy photo.

How a Palestinian village sheds light on the drama of Christians in the Holy Land 

Jifna is a Palestinian village in the West Bank, just 5 miles north of Ramallah –the de facto capital of... Read more

Father Benedetto di Bitonto.

Catholic Center in Jerusalem takes care of the 'forgotten kids' of Israel's immigrant workers

There are no tourists in Jerusalem’s Talbieh neighborhood. And even locals don’t always notice the Capuchin Franciscans coming and going... Read more

Vatican Secretary of State marks 25 years of diplomatic relations with Israel

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel... Read more

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Catholic bishops lament setbacks for Holy Land peace, but call for a better path

Peace, mutual equality, and respect must be the foundation of progress in Israeli-Palestinian relations, despite continued setbacks, the Assembly of... Read more

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a 2017 press conference.

Netanyahu West Bank pledge could rule out ‘two-state solution’ in Middle East

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that he will declare Israeli sovereignty over existing settlements in the West Bank... Read more

Jordan River flowing to the Dead Sea.

Site of Baptism of the Lord nears reopening as landmines cleared

Churches at the site along the banks of the Jordan river where Jesus is believed to have been baptized could... Read more

Catholic bishops ask Israel to repeal law excluding non-Jews

Top Catholic prelates in Israel are asking the government to repeal the recent Nation State Law, which they say paves... Read more

Palestinian family in refugee camp.

As US closes Palestinian office, Catholics urge that Palestinian voices be heard in peace process

The U.S. State Department announced today Monday it will close the Palestinian Liberation Organization office in Washington because it says... Read more

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

What a vocation to be a Holy Land Franciscan looks like

A religious vocation to serve in the Holy Land is demanding, but there is nothing like walking where Christ walked... Read more

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the Knesset Plenary Hall session ahead of the vote on the National Law on late July 18, 2018.

Controversial Israeli law excludes non-Jews, Latin Patriarchate says

A recently-adopted Israeli law that strongly affirmed the country’s link with the Jewish people and avoided mention of non-Jews wrongly... Read more

The Gaza-Israel border.

Catholic leaders condemn use of disproportionate force at Gaza-Israel border

During his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis lamented the latest violence in the Israeli-Palestine conflict, expressing his distress that the region... Read more

Gaza-Israel border.

Pope prays for peace amid escalating violence in Gaza

At least eight Palestinians were killed and hundreds more injured by Israeli military forces last week, during the second week... Read more