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Dear brother bishops and priests, Dear brothers and sisters, faithful in all our parishes and religious communities, “Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God “with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12),…

H.E. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, after consultation with the Bishops Council and the Consultative Council of the Latin Patriarchate, has today nominated Bishop William Shomali as Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan, succeeding Bishop Maroun Lahham who resigned from office last week. The Latin Patriarchate again thanks Bishop Maroun Lahham…

The Holy Land Co-ordination, comprising bishops coming from across Europe, North America and South Africa,  established by the Holy See with the aim of visiting and supporting the Holy Land’s local Christian communities, took place last Saturday, January 14, 2017, for its annual visit, until January 19. Below is the program of the five days. Following on…

Following the closure of the Jubilee of Mercy, the Holy Doors in Jerusalem and Nazareth will be closed respectively on December 3 and 9, during Solemn Masses in the Church of All Nations and the Basilica of the Annunciation. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa points out that the Holy Door will also be closed in Anjara in Jordan that together…

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