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A monument at the Jewish cemetery in Izbica, Poland.

Father Gregor Pawlowski, Jewish Holocaust survivor and Catholic priest, laid to rest in Poland

Nov 14, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Gregor Pawlowski died in Israel Oct. 21 at the age of 90, but he wanted his body to be... Read more

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, April 4, 2021.

Jerusalem patriarch calls for peace, cooperation in Holy Land

May 24, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Patriarch of Jerusalem urged peace, mutual understanding, and cooperation among religious groups in his homily on Saturday, underscoring the... Read more

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Catholics asked to support the Holy Land on Good Friday

Mar 29, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Franciscan friars taking care of the Holy Land sites have asked Catholics for prayers and financial support as they... Read more

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

Dec 4, 2020

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

Bishop says the Christian influence in Jordan is still strong

Feb 10, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Jerusalem Bishop William Shomali, newly appointed to the Latin Patriarchate of Jordan, says that although Christians are a very small... Read more

The tabernacle at the Church of the Transfiguration in Israel, destroyed by burglars Oct. 24, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

'Heinous' desecration at site of Christ's Transfiguration

Oct 26, 2016

Suspected burglars’ desecration of the Church of the Transfiguration has prompted outcry from leading Christians in the Holy Land.  Read more

Catholic migrant workers from the Philippines attend Mass outside the Community of St. Therese of Lisieux chapel in Rehovot, Israel.

Stone-throwing attack on Catholics in Israel shows a 'culture of contempt'

Jun 7, 2016

Jewish youths’ stone-throwing attack on Catholics attending Mass in the Israeli city of Rehovot last month has drawn a rebuke... Read more

Mass said on the proposed site of an Israeli security wall in the West Bank's Cremisan Valley, Jan. 17, 2014.

Patriarch welcomes court's 'courageous' decision to block Israeli wall through West Bank

Apr 8, 2015

Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem has praised an Israeli Supreme Court decision prohibiting the country's army from routing a security... Read more

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas addresses the World Economic Forum, May 2013.

Palestinian president may visit Vatican a second time for canonization Mass

Mar 26, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Nearly a year since taking part in a prayer for Middle East peace in the Vatican Gardens, Palestinian president Mahmoud... Read more

The American University of Madaba, located in Jordan.

Vatican commission to oversee Catholic university in Jordan

Feb 2, 2015

The Vatican Secretariat of State has established an ad hoc commission to oversee the American University of Madaba, a Catholic... Read more

Bishop William Shomali, an auxiliary of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, blesses the Indian Chaplaincy's Christmas peace pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Dec. 13, 2014.

Indian migrants in Holy Land walk to Bethlehem for peace

Dec 16, 2014

More than 2,000 Indian migrant workers in the Holy Land took part in a brief pilgrimage from Jerusalem to Bethlehem's... Read more