Pope leads Good Friday service ahead of Colosseum procession

Pope Francis presided over a Good Friday service in St Peter’s Basilica ahead of a night-time procession at Rome’s Colosseum for the most somber day in the Christian calendar, marking Jesus’ death by crucifixion. Good Friday leads on Sunday to Easter, the most important and joyous date in the Church’s liturgical calendar – commemorating […]

In Jerusalem, Catholics commemorate when Jesus was crowned with thorns

Catholics gathered in Jerusalem on Friday, the first Friday of Lent, to remember an event from the Bible called the 2nd Sorrowful Mystery when Jesus was crowned with thorns.  Bishop Emeritus Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo led the commemoration at the Ecce Homo convent chapel. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion and the Chemin Neuf Community […]

Birthplace of Jesus empty for Christmas due to impact of war

Bethlehem is normally at its busiest at Christmas but this year war has scared away tourists and pilgrims from the Palestinian town in the West Bank, leaving hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops deserted. With global headlines dominated since Oct. 7 by news of the Hamas attacks in southern Israel, followed by Israel’s military assault on […]

‘Redeeming Jesus’ Name’: A Jerusalem nun’s challenge to Christians

How do I experience and express my own identity in relation to others? How does one religious community relate to another?  Personal, religious, and national identities are often expressed at the expense of those who are not members of our groups. Historically, most Christian theologians preached a theology that God had rejected the Jewish […]