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Cardinal Eugene Tisserant, who was dean of the College of Cardinals from 1951 to 1972, and has been named Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

Yad Vashem: Vatican librarian Cardinal Tisserant made heroic efforts to save Jews

Oct 23, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Cardinal Eugene Tisserant was a librarian who knew more than 10 languages, advised multiple popes, and held key Vatican positions. Read more

Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Vandals steal cross from altar of Catholic church in the Holy Land

Aug 23, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The cross had been embedded in an outdoor altar made of volcanic basalt rock that was used for Catholic Masses... Read more

Buildings destroyed by airstrikes in the Gaza Strip

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

May 20, 2021

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

May 17, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

UAE and Israel flags.

Christian advocacy group hails Israel-Emirates deal

Aug 14, 2020

An advocacy group for Christians and other religious minorities living in the Middle East has praised an agreement between Israel... Read more

Palestinian refugees.

Christians face the pandemic in Palestine

Jul 15, 2020

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Facing the global coronavirus pandemic, Palestine has “the special and unique challenges of being under colonialism and a touristic country,”... Read more

Archbishop Justin Welby in Łódź, Poland, July 21, 2016.

Cardinal and Archbishop of Canterbury oppose potential West Bank annexation

Jun 12, 2020

An English cardinal and the Archbishop of Canterbury have expressed their joint opposition to the potential annexation of West Bank... Read more

Old City Jerusalem.

Vatican expresses concern over potential West Bank annexation

May 20, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As Israel’s new government considers annexing parts of the West Bank, the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s chief negotiator appealed to the... Read more

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Old City of Jerusalem.

Pilgrimages canceled as new Israeli quarantine comes into effect

Mar 12, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

New Israeli quarantine measures, in effect from Thursday, have led to cancelled trips to the Holy Land, with some pilgrims... 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

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

Father Benedetto di Bitonto.

Catholic Center in Jerusalem takes care of the 'forgotten kids' of Israel's immigrant workers

Sep 27, 2019

There are no tourists in Jerusalem’s Talbieh neighborhood. And even locals don’t always notice the Capuchin Franciscans coming and going... Read more

Vatican Secretary of State marks 25 years of diplomatic relations with Israel

Jun 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Israel... Read more

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Catholic bishops lament setbacks for Holy Land peace, but call for a better path

May 25, 2019

Peace, mutual equality, and respect must be the foundation of progress in Israeli-Palestinian relations, despite continued setbacks, the Assembly of... Read more

 Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a 2017 press conference.

Netanyahu West Bank pledge could rule out ‘two-state solution’ in Middle East

Apr 8, 2019

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Saturday that he will declare Israeli sovereignty over existing settlements in the West Bank... Read more

Jordan River flowing to the Dead Sea.

Site of Baptism of the Lord nears reopening as landmines cleared

Dec 10, 2018

Churches at the site along the banks of the Jordan river where Jesus is believed to have been baptized could... Read more

Catholic bishops ask Israel to repeal law excluding non-Jews

Nov 6, 2018

Top Catholic prelates in Israel are asking the government to repeal the recent Nation State Law, which they say paves... 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