The Pilgrim's Journey

WSJ notes Holy Land’s surprising surge of pilgrimages

Richard SontagLast Updated: July 13th, 2015Holy Land, World News

(WSJ, By Nicolas Parasie) For the 74-year-old pastor from Hawaii, his trip to Israel was the culmination of a lifelong dream. But the route’s end—at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem—was so packed with other pilgrims that he and his flock turned back. “On the way of the cross, Jesus … Read More

Very Important: Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land makes profound statement on violence in Middle East & Holy Land

R RLast Updated: August 27th, 2014Church News, Spiritual Reflections, World News

The power of the heart – Researchers of Truth: Intervention of the Custos of the Holy Land at the Rimini Meeting 2014 _________ (FMC) (online editor note: for brief summary of some important points, read bold, italics) It is not easy in a short time and in a place such as this, to enter a … Read More

Pope Francis donates $1 million to Iraqi refugees

R RLast Updated: August 25th, 2014Church News, Pope Francis, World News

(CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as Pope Francis’ envoy from … Read More

Faith of Iraqi Christians unbreakable, despite persecution

R RLast Updated: August 22nd, 2014Church News, World News

(CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians’ faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and … Read More

Violence against Iraqi Christians has Pope very concerned

R RLast Updated: August 7th, 2014Church News, World News

(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, has issued a statement communicating the Holy Father’s prayerful concern over the violence raging in Iraq, and especially for the Christians affected by the violence. In the statement, Fr. Lombardi says, “The Holy Father is following with deep concern … Read More