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Bishop William Shomali, Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem, speaks with CNA on May 26, 2014.

Pope's historic prayer deeply moves Jerusalem bishop

The auxiliary bishop of Jerusalem described the recent prayer shared between Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew I as a moving... Read more

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Filipinos from Holy Land voice excitement for Pope's visit

A small Filipino community in Israel has expressed their joy that Pope Francis will travel to their country next January,... Read more

Mayor of Bethlehem Vera Baboun speaks with CNA in her office on May 24, 2014

Vatican is the 'oil' keeping Bethlehem's star lit, mayor observes

The first woman mayor of the town where Jesus was born referred to the strong connection they have with the... Read more

Pope Francis speaking with seminarians of the pontifical Roman universities, May 12, 2014.

Synod on family will have broad focus, Pope notes

Pope Francis has said that the upcoming synod on the family will focus on the “vast” pastoral problems facing families... Read more

Pope Francis meets with seminarians from the Pontifical Roman universities on May 12, 2014

Pope Francis most open Pope to Jews in history, rabbi says

A Jewish Rabbi and historian has lauded Pope Francis’ visit to the tomb of an important Jewish personality, stating that... Read more

Pope Francis incenses the altar during Mass in the Upper Room on May 26, 2014.

Pope Francis recalls birth of Church in Upper Room

At the conclusion of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Pope Francis focused his homily at Mass on the significance... Read more

A view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.

At Gethsemane, Pope urges religious to live without fear

Religious, priests, and seminarians gathered in the Church near the garden of Gethsemane today to meet with Pope Francis, who... Read more

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi.

Vatican: Pope's stop at terrorist memorial not a political move

Amid claims that Pope Francis' unscheduled stop at an Israeli memorial for terrorist victims was made under pressure to appease... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Israeli president Shimon Peres in Jerusalem on May 26, 2014.

Pope, Israeli president renew mutual commitment to peace

In a meeting today with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Pope Francis expressed his hope that Jerusalem would be a true... Read more

Pope Francis meets with seminarians from the Pontifical Roman universities on May 12, 2014

Meeting Pope a sign of the early Church, seminarian reflects

Dcn. Bernard Poggi, who is among the priests and religious slated to meet with Pope Francis in Jerusalem later today,... Read more

A view of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock and the Wailing Wall.

Pope Francis lauds fraternal dialogue with Muslims, Jews

Pope Francis spent a large part of the third day of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land meeting with Muslim... Read more

A chandelier of candles hangs in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel.

Pope prays at Holocaust memorial, Western Wall

On the last day of his Holy Land pilgrimage Pope Francis stopped to pray at two sacred sites in Jerusalem.  Read more

Candles lit in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel.

Christ's resurrection unites us, Pope tells faithful in Israel

At an ecumenical celebration in Jerusalem during his visit to the region, Pope Francis told inter-denominational Christians that the Risen... Read more

George Zenee watches over an entrance to Pope Francis Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square on May 25, 2014

We came to pray with our Pope, says papal Mass volunteer

A leader of one of the Boy Scout troops manning the entrances to Pope Francis’ Mass in Bethlehem today explained... Read more

Choir members sing during Pope Francis' Mass in Bethelehms Manger Square on May, 25 2014

Choir director: singing for the Pope is like welcoming your father

The director of the choir who sang during Pope Francis’ Mass in Bethlehem earlier today expressed that to sing for... Read more

A dome in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel.

Pope makes new Christian unity step in meeting with Patriarch

In a declaration delivered at the end of a private meeting, Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Costantinople Bartholomew... Read more

Pope Francis rides into Manger Square in Bethlehem on May 25, 2014.

Pope Francis urges two-state solution in first remarks to Israel

Late Sunday afternoon Pope Francis arrived in Tel Aviv, where he urged Israeli President Shimon Peres and other authorities to... Read more

Pope Francis kisses the altar during Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square on May 25, 2014.

Israeli, Palestinian presidents accept invitation meeting at Vatican

Today Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced that they have accepted Pope Francis’ invitation to join... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem on May 25, 2014.

'Who are we before the child Jesus?' Pope reflects in Bethlehem

In his homily delivered in Bethlehem this morning, Pope Francis meditated on the role of the Christ child in the... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience, May 21, 2014.

Pope to Palestinian leaders: have courage to 'forge peace'

Pope Francis began the second day of his Holy Land pilgrimage in a meeting with Palestinian authorities, urging them to... Read more