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

Jerusalem patriarch calls for peace, cooperation in Holy Land

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

Pope Francis addresses new ambassadors accredited to the Holy See in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 21, 2021.

Pope Francis calls for global prayer for peace in the Holy Land

The pope was addressing ambassadors newly accredited to the Holy See. Read more

Buildings destroyed by airstrikes in the Gaza Strip

Remember the humanity on both sides of Israel-Gaza conflict, Catholic aid group insists

Catholics must be mindful of the humanity on both sides of conflict in Israel and Gaza, said a top official... Read more

Theodosios (Atallah Hanna), the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Sebastia, delivers a speech during a demonstration in Beit Jala in the West Bank May 17, 2021 to express solidarity with Gaza and Sheikh Jarah. Credit: Hazem Bader/AFP via Getty Images.

Gaza's only Catholic priest calls Israel-Gaza violence 'extremely serious'

The sole Catholic priest in the Gaza Strip has warned of the severity of the recent violence between Israel and... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister, on May 17, 2021.

Pope Francis meets with Iran’s foreign minister, speaks to Turkish president about Palestinians

Iran's foreign minister said that he and the pope “exchanged views” on Palestine, interfaith dialogue, and U.S. sanctions on Iran. Read more

Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Children’s deaths in Israel-Gaza conflict ‘terrible and unacceptable’

The pope said that the violence risked “degenerating into a spiral of death and destruction.” Read more

U.S. bishops pray for peace as Israel-Hamas conflict rages

The U.S. bishops’ conference offered prayers for peace in the Holy Land on Thursday, as conflict between Israel and Hamas... Read more

The Old City of Jerusalem.

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem says violence requires ‘an urgent intervention’

“It is our duty not to ignore injustice nor any aggression against human dignity regardless of who is committing them.” Read more

A bishop of the Holy Land Coordination surveys the construction of the separation wall in Palestine's Cremisan Valley, Jan. 17, 2017.

Bishops reiterate need for direct Israel-Palestine negotiations if there is to be peace

A group of Christian leaders who advocate for the Holy Land this week reiterated a call for Israeli and Palestinian... Read more

Cross atop the seminary in Beit Jala, Palestine.

Israeli forces remove 6th-century baptismal font from Palestinian town

Israeli forces on July 20 carried out an operation to retrieve a Byzantine-era baptisimal font that they said was stolen... Read more

A bishop surveys the construction of a separation wall in Palestine's Cremisan Valley, Jan. 17, 2017.

Vatican tells Israel, US that annexation could jeopardize peace process

Ahead of possible Israeli action to annex Palestinian territories, Holy See Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin met with the... 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

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

A bishop of the Holy Land Coordination surveys the construction of a separation wall in Palestine's Cremisan Valley, Jan. 17, 2017.

US bishops: Israel and Palestine must 'negotiate directly' if there is to be peace

After US president Donald Trump and Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu last month proposed a two-state peace plan for Israel and... Read more

A view overlooking the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall.

U.S. Middle East plan could lead to 'more bloodshed', bishops warn

The proposed Israeli-Palestinian peace plan announced this week is “no solution,” Catholic bishops of the Holy Land said on Wednesday.  Read more

Banner for the Likud party showing President Donald Trump shaking hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a building in Jerusalem.

Trump and Netanyahu propose two-state plan for Israel-Palestine peace

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a new peace plan for the Middle East on Tuesday.... 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

Palestine and Israel border.

Vatican affirms need for two-state solution after U.S. shift on Israeli settlements

The Holy See on Wednesday reaffirmed its support of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine, after recent shifts in... Read more

The city of Taiz in southern Yemen. Yemen / Taiz City. 2018-11-02

In UN address, Holy See voices support for ceasefire in Yemen

A nationwide ceasefire is essential to ease the suffering of the people of Yemen, which has been in a civil... 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