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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

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

The US president with the Bahraini and Emirati foreign ministers and Israeli PM at the Abraham Accords signing at the White House, Sept. 15, 2020.

Advocacy group hails Israel-Bahrain deal as 'positive step' for Middle East Christians

An advocacy group for Christians and other religious minorities living in the Middle East this week praised an agreement between... 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

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

Palestinian family in refugee camp.

Why are Christians leaving Palestinian territories?

A new survey of Palestinian Christians reveals that many not only fear economic hardship and the annexation of their land,... 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

Pope Francis meets with Patriarch of Eastern Catholic Churches based in the Middle East at the Vatican, Feb. 7, 2020.

Middle East patriarchs discuss plight of Christian minorities with Pope Francis

Six Catholic patriarchs from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Iraq met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Friday to discuss the... 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

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

Ryadh al Maliki.

Palestine asks Vatican to defend Jerusalem’s status quo

The Palestinian Foreign Affairs minister, Ryadh al Maliki, met officials of the Vatican Secretariat of State Feb. 16, asking the... Read more

Palestinian refugees.

Catholic aid organizations ask US to restore funds for Palestinian refugees

Catholic aid leaders and others have requested that the White House reconsider its decision to withhold $65 million designated for... Read more

A view overlooking Jerusalem in March 2017.

Vatican voices concern over Trump's Jerusalem move

Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s Dec. 6 notice that he will be moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem,... Read more

What the Holy See told the UN about Middle East Christians

The Middle East needs peace, human rights, and the continued presence of Christians, a Holy See diplomat told the U.N.... Read more

An Israeli border police officer is seen during a Friday prayer in the Ras el-Amud Area outside the Old City of Jerusalem, July 21, 2017.

How can the Church promote peace in the Holy Land?

As conflict has erupted once again between Israelis and Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarchal Vicar said that the... Read more

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

'We must never become accustomed' to the Holy Land occupation

The 50 year-long of occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza by Israel must be at the attention... Read more

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas inagurates the new Palestinian Embassy to the Holy See Jan. 14, 2017.

Middle East peace center of meeting between Francis, Abbas

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visited the Vatican Saturday before inaugurating his country’s new embassy to the Holy See, where he... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 12, 2016.

What's behind Pope Francis' meeting with the Palestinian president

Pope Francis' private audience with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas this Jan. 14 will be a delicate diplomatic moment for the... Read more