The Latest

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

Jan 14, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Jan 11, 2017

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 24, 2016.

Pope announces Palestinian as winner of international teaching prize

Mar 14, 2016

By Ann Schneible

A Palestinian school teacher on Sunday became the recipient of a US$1m international award for her work with children –... Read more

Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

European bishops visit Holy Land to show solidarity and seek hope

Sep 15, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

European bishops are gathering in the Holy Land Sept. 11-16 to show closeness to Christians in the Middle East and... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Sept. 3, 2015.

Pope Francis to Israeli president: 'the challenge is to unite'

Sep 3, 2015

Pope Francis held an audience with Israeli president Reuven Rivlin on Thursday, where they exchanged gifts and discussed efforts to... Read more

The five patriarchs of Antioch at their June 8 meeting in Damascus.

Christians belong in Middle East, Antioch patriarchs say in call for peace

Jun 9, 2015

The five Christian patriarchs of Antioch met in Syria on Monday, calling for peace in the Syrian civil war while... Read more

A crucifix inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, one of the sites of the Hearts Aflame pilgrimage for priests and religious.

Franciscan Holy Land pilgrimage aims to revitalize priests' ministry

Feb 11, 2015

An upcoming twenty-day Holy Land pilgrimage for priests and religious aims at being a renewal program to help them become... Read more

(L-R) Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli president Shimon Peres, and Eastern Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I, June 8, 2014.

Interreligious leaders call for two-state solution in Holy Land

Aug 15, 2014

By Matt Hadro

More than 30 Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders in the United States called for a two-state solution to the Israel-Gaza... Read more

An Israeli tank moves positions near the Israeli-Gaza border the morning of July 18, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. Late last night Israel sent troops into Gaza.

Despite Gaza violence, Catholic relief agency works for peace

Jul 18, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Though fighting has escalated between Israel and Palestinian militants based in the Gaza Strip, a Catholic Relief Services spokeswoman has... Read more

Indian migrants pray in the Holy Land.

Catholics in Holy Land pray for peace, reconciliation

Jul 11, 2014

Under the back and forth of Israeli airstrikes and Hamas rockets, concerned Catholic migrants from India are praying for peace... Read more

Pope Francis prays during his General Audience on Sept. 25, 2013.

Vatican: prayer with Abbas, Peres opening 'road to peace'

Jun 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Vatican has released the details for Sunday’s prayer between Pope Francis and the Israeli and Palestinian presidents, stating that... Read more


Migrants in Holy Land look forward to papal visit

Apr 9, 2014

Migrant workers in the Holy Land are eagerly awaiting Pope Francis' pilgrimage to Palestine, Israel and Jordan next month, and... Read more

Bishops of the Holy Land Co-ordination visiting Rafah, on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, Jan. 2014.

International bishops call Gaza Christians a 'people of hope'

Jan 23, 2014

A group of bishops from around the world who visited the Gaza Strip this month has praised the “courageous” Christian... Read more

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Pope Francis will meet with Patriarch Bartholomew I in May. Courtesy Israel Ministry of Tourism.

Papal visit to Holy Land to focus on ecumenism with Orthodox

Jan 8, 2014

Pope Francis' pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to be held in May, will center on his encounter with Patriarch Bartholomew... Read more

Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, chairman of the US bishops' international justice and peace committee.

Bishop Pates visits Holy Land in hopes of encouraging peace

Jan 6, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

The US bishops' representative for international justice and peace is traveling to Palestine and Israel to support peace efforts in... Read more


Interfaith leaders support Israeli-Palestine peace talks

Jul 30, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Leaders from various faiths, including three U.S. bishops, sent a letter of support to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry... Read more