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Palestinian family in refugee camp.

Why are Christians leaving Palestinian territories?

Jun 19, 2020

By Matt Hadro

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

Mar 11, 2020

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

Feb 7, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jan 17, 2020

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 

Oct 3, 2019

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

Sep 10, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Sep 10, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Feb 16, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

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

Jan 26, 2018

By Courtney Mares

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

Dec 10, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 28, 2017

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?

Jul 25, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jan 20, 2017

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

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