Egypt, the Challenge of President al-Sisi is Above All a Question of Credibility

Egyptian President al-Sisi during his speech at al-Azhar.

The words of the Egyptian President, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, to students and teachers of al-Azhar University in Cairo, one of the most important religious centres of Sunni Islam, aroused great surprise. The President asked for ideologies to be put aside and for a new face to be given to Islam – which is easier said than done and here is why. Full story

Video - Eritrean Refugees in the Holy Land

Many Eritreans today live in Israel as refugees. They have experienced many hardships before arriving here. The local Church is attentive to their reality and has tried as much as possible to give these people an opportunity to work and psychological support to deal with the new reality that they are presented with. Full story

Pope's Peace Message Denounces "Indifference" to Tragedy of Slavery

In the Pope’s annual message for the World Day of Peace on Jan. 1, titled “No Longer Slaves. But Brothers and Sisters,” Francis confronted slavery and said “Do not be complicit, indifferent to tragedy of exploitation.” The Pope's six-page message is sent to heads of state, governments, international institutions, and religious leaders. Full story

Israeli President Welcomes Christian Leaders at Annual New Year's Reception

President of Israel Reuven Rivlin hold a traditional, annual reception for leaders of Israel’s Christian community for the New Year. Nine heads of various Churches in Israel and senior members of the community attended the event, which took place Tuesday Dec. 30. On behalf of Christian delegation Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III emphasized themes of dialogue and harmonious coexistence. Full story

Pope Francis Addresses Christmas Letter to Christians in Middle East

With Christmas approaching, Pope Francis has expressed his heartfelt prayers that Christians in the Middle East will have a Christmas full of the love and peace of Christ. In a letter the Holy Father addressed to the Christians Sunday that the Vatican released yesterday, the Pope not only imparted his blessing, but also expressed, “I do hope to have the chance to come to you in person and to visit and to comfort you." Full story

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A Tribute to Father Michele Piccirillo

To mark the fourth anniversary of his death, 37 respected scholars have contributed to this book in honor of Father Michele Piccirillo, the Franciscan friar of the Custody and world-renowned archaeologist. "Christ is Here!" supplies a thorough and highly impressive bibliography containing Father Piccirillo’s archaeological discoveries and achievements.

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Video - Medicine and Faith Through the History of Jerusalem

How can faith and science meet? And medicine and miracles come to an agreement, in a city considered holy by three religions? The answer to this question is dealt with in an exhibition opened until April 2015 at the Tower of David, which traces the history of medical science in Jerusalem from biblical times to the present. A special section of the exhibition is dedicated to the contribution of the Church in the field of health care.

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Video - Magdala Center Opening

«God invites us to dream big. Thus the Magdala Center project was born, like a dream that God wanted to bless.» These are the words of Father Juan Solana. With the participation of religious and civil authorities, the Magdala Archaeological Park was opened and the dedication of the Duc In Altum Spirituality Center took place: a day of great joy, on May 28th, 2014.

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