What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Pope Francis

Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
Pope Francis

Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
Pope Francis

Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Thereare many painful situations that dot the Middle East. But since the13thCentury, Franciscan friars bring hope to experience like the strifein Egypt or the ruthless civil war in Syria. In the latter, 30Franciscan friars remain, the last Roman Catholic priests in thecountry. Through them, the Custody of the Holy Land works to lessenthe suffering of the Syrian population. 


FR.PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA
Custodianof the Holy Land 
"Beingin the Holy Land, in the Middle East, in Syria, does not mean onlylooking after the small Christian Church. All poor people are thesame. There are no poor people in Series A or Series B, so we need tohelp them all. And the true reality on the ground is that poorChristians and Muslims help each other out. It's a very concrete andsolid foundation on which to build the Middle East of the future.” 

TheCustody of the Holy Land operates inside Israel, Jordan, Syria,Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus and Rhodes. Since Christians have been aroundfor thousands of years, their work is fundamental in keeping thosecommunities from leaving the birthplace of Christianity. 

FR.PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA 
Custodianof the Holy Land 
"TheChristians of the Middle East are our parents. We received our faithfrom them. So the Christian presence in the Middle East is very old,with roots at start of Christianity. So, looking after the Christiancharacter of the Middle East, the presence of Christians and theirsaints, is important for Christians across the world.” 

ThePope plans to visit the Holy Land next year. Both the Israeli andPalestinian governments have invited him, as well as severalreligious leaders in the region. For the Custodian, the Pope's visitwould bring hope to many. 

FR.PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA 
Custodianof the Holy Land 
"PopeFrancis has been received with great enthusiasm, be it by Jews orMuslims. So there will probably be a huge impact on the entirepopulation. We hope he also generates a desire for dialogue andencounter.” 

Thatis something the whole world might be expecting as well. As Paul VIsaid in the past, if Christians disappear from the Holy Land, theHoly Places will end up as museums. 


AC/RCA 
 AA 
VM 
 -PR 
 Up: PM