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  • Middle East – Meeting With Pope and Prayer for Peace

    11/16/2013 3:53:59 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | November 15, 2013 | ACN-USA News
    Hopes are high, ahead of the meeting of the Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East with the Pope. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, which is in full communion with Rome, spoke to the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), remarking that he expects much from the meeting. “We are hoping for greater closeness towards our Churches in these difficult times. We need more support from the Holy See, more encouragement and more solidarity.”Patriarch Louis Raphael expressly thanked Pope Francis and his predecessors for being on the side of...
  • Pope at Greek Melkite Basilica of St Paul 's Harissa (Full Text of Apostolic Exhortation)

    09/14/2012 12:57:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 14, 2012
    Wearing crimson and white vestments and clearly at ease in this beautiful shrine Pope Benedict smiled as Patriarch Laham welcomed him in German to celebrate this important event together on this Feast day of the Exaltation of the Cross. Byzantine chants accompanied the ceremony here at St Paul’s - an eastern rite Catholic shrine recalling an ancient Byzantine tradition in its interior layout and its richly gilded mosaics decorating its domes and apses. The basilica is part of a big mid 20th century complex also comprising a major seminary. Upon entering here, Pope Benedict could not fail to notice...
  • Syrian Christians begin traditional fast amid continuing violence (Catholic Caucus)

    08/04/2012 7:05:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    cna ^ | August 3, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Patriarch Gregorios III Laham. Damascus, Syria, Aug 3, 2012 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church encouraged Syria's Eastern Catholics to offer prayers for peace during their church's traditional August 1–14 fasting period in honor of the Virgin Mary. During the run-up to the August 15 feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God (known in the West as the Assumption), Melkite Catholics will be “praying especially for the safety of all Syrians and for the cessation of the violence,” Patriarch Gregorios III said in a letter marking the two-week fast. “We...
  • Pope in Lebanon: Excitement builds across Middle East

    07/21/2012 9:05:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | July 19, 2012
    (Vatican Radio) Starting August, Christians throughout the Middle East will begin a simultaneous prayer marathon in the lead up to Pope Benedict XVI’s arrival in Lebanon on September 14th. From Bkerke to Baghdad, through Gaza’s tiny parish of the Holy Family, the same set of prayers will be recited weekly by Maronites, Melkites, Chaldeans, Syrian Catholics and Armenian Catholics. As well as the faithful of other denominations. The Christians of the Middle East are waiting for Pope Benedict. “The excitement is building”, says Fr. Marwan Tabet, general co-ordinator of the Papal trip to Lebanon in an interview with Emer McCarthy...
  • Eastern Catholics have much to offer US church, cardinal tells bishops

    05/15/2012 2:29:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cns ^ | May 15, 2012
    Bishop Paul P. Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, Conn., concelebrates Mass with U.S. bishops from Eastern Catholic churches at the Altar of the Tomb in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome May 15. Bishops from Chaldean, Ruthenian, Maronite, Ukrainian, Armenian, Melkite, Syriac and Romanian Catholic churches were making their "ad limina" visits to the Vatican to report on the status of their dioceses. (CNS/Paul Haring) VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- While their numbers are small and their material resources are few, members of the Eastern Catholic churches in the United States have much to offer the...
  • Melkite Catholic Church to Ordain Married Men to Priesthood in USA

    11/09/2011 11:02:16 AM PST · by NYer · 53 replies · 3+ views
    OrthoCath ^ | November 8, 2011
    Bishop Nicholas Samra was enthroned as Bishop for Melkite Catholics in the USA in August, 2011 At his recent enthronement as the Melkite Greek Catholic Bishop in the USA, Bishop Nicholas Samra stated that the Melkite Catholic Church (an Eastern Catholic Church in union with the Pope of Rome) will begin ordaining married men to the priesthood in the USA.Bishop Nicholas Samra, Bishop of the Melkite Eparchy of Newton, Massachusetts made the comment in a dinner speech following his enthronement on August 23, 2011. The Bishop’s speech, newly published in the Melkite journal Sophia, contains the first published public statements...
  • What part of 'everlasting possession' does this man not understand?

    11/01/2010 11:10:30 AM PDT · by MarylousAmerica · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11-01-10 | Marylou Barry
    Because I'm not a member of his church, perhaps I shouldn't let it bother me that the archbishop has taken it upon himself to proclaim that the Bible is wrong and the Jewish people are no longer chosen by God, especially since my Bible doesn't say anything of the kind. But it does bother me. It bothers me because it is a blatant contradiction of at least a dozen perfectly clear verses in the Holy Scripture, which the Catholic Church - both Greek and Roman - claims to uphold as the Word of God. It bothers me because it's impossible...
  • Vatican cardinal calls on Melkites to be bridge between East and West

    09/02/2010 3:23:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 106 replies
    cna ^ | September 2, 2010
    Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 2, 2010 / 02:06 pm (CNA).- The prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, called on Melkite Catholics in Argentina to be a bridge of communion between the East and the West.Catholic Melkites, he said, “are very rooted in the Eastern world but they are also ‘traditionally’ united to the Petrine See.” Cardinal Sandri made his comments during a Mass in the city of Cordoba, at which he was joined by the Greco-Melkite Patriarch of Antioch, His Beatitude Gregory III Laham; the Apostolic Exarch Abdo Arbach of the Melkites of Argentina; and...
  • Blessing of the Foundation Stones of the Latin and Greek Melkite Churches at Bethany 

    05/10/2009 2:55:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 345+ views
    EWTN ^ | May 10, 2009
    On Sunday evening, 10 May 2009, the Holy Father blessed two foundation stones, at Bethany beyond the Jordan, one for a Latin church and one for a Greek Melkite church. The Pope recalled, in addition to the Baptism of Christ, the biblical association of the prophet Elijah with this area. Dear Brother Bishops, Dear friends, It is with great spiritual joy that I come to bless the foundation stones of two Catholic Churches to be built beside the river Jordan, a place marked by many memorable events in biblical history. The prophet Elijah the Tishbite, was from this area, not...
  • Celebration of Vespers, Greek-Melkite Cathedral, Amman, Jordan

    05/09/2009 3:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 533+ views
    EWTN ^ | May 9, 2009
    On Saturday 9 May 2009, during his apostolic journey to the Holy Land, the Holy Father celebrated Vespers at the Greek-Melkite Cathedral of St. George in Amman, with the clergy, religious, seminarians and members of ecclesial movements. Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is a great joy for me to celebrate Vespers with you this evening in the Greek-Melkite Cathedral of Saint George. I warmly greet His Beatitude Gregorios III Laham, the Greek Melkite Patriarch, who has joined us from Damascus, Emeritus Archbishop Georges El-Murr and His Excellency Yaser Ayyach, Archbishop of Petra and Philadelphia, whom I thank for his kind...
  • Benedict XVI and the Future of the Holy Land

    04/06/2009 10:01:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 592+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | April 6, 2009 | Deal Hudson
    Over dinner at the Ambassador Hotel in East Jerusalem, I talked with Danny Seidemann, a Jewish man from upstate New York who moved to Israel as a youth more than 30 years ago. Danny is recognized worldwide as an expert on the religious and cultural differences that divide, and potentially unite, Jerusalem. "The Christian community of Jerusalem is the canary in the coal mine," he told me. "When it starts dying, we know all of us are going to die."   Seidemann, himself a Zionist, believes preserving the Christian presence in the Holy Land is crucial to its future....
  • Clergy should refrain from political life, preach the Gospel instead, says Benedict XVI

    05/08/2008 1:51:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 54+ views
    CNA ^ | May 8, 2008
    Vatican City, May 8, 2008 / 11:14 am (CNA).- Pope Benedict received a large delegation of Melkite Greek Catholics this morning at the Vatican. The Pontiff called on the clergy to refrain from becoming involved in politics and exhorted the local Church to open the path to peace by proposing the light of the Gospel. The 300 Melkite Greek Catholics were lead by Patriarch Gregorious III Laham on a pilgrimage to Rome. The Melkite Greek Church is in communion with the Pope.Noting that the Church lives in an area that is a cultural and religious crossroads, Pope Benedict praised "the...
  • Archbishop says he will speak to Bush about Sermon on the Mount

    01/09/2008 1:58:08 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 228+ views
    CNS ^ | January 9, 2008 | Judith Sudilovsky
    JERUSALEM (CNS) -- A Catholic archbishop scheduled to accompany U.S. President George W. Bush on a tour of the Mount of Beatitudes said he would talk to him about Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Melkite Archbishop Elias Chacour of Akko, Israel, said since the holy sites do not speak the importance of the sites must be conveyed by the person introducing them to Bush. Bush, who arrived in the Holy Land Jan. 9 to discuss peace with Palestinian and Israeli political leaders, was scheduled to visit the ruins at Capernaum, Israel, and the Mount of Beatitudes Jan. 11, the last...
  • With Jesus in the midst of Islam

    12/07/2007 10:19:52 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 97+ views
    30 Days ^ | Gianni Valente
    Widespread concern is again being focused on the present condition and the destiny of the Christians in the Middle East. There are those who, following the Pope, express in this way their anxiety about the tragedy and suffering undergone by the helpless flock of Christ in the lands where Christianity began. In other cases, the great zeal often appears predetermined by factors of cultural-political alignment.       Few listen to the arguments and the reasons of the Arab Christians. Few take as their starting point a look at what is happening in the Middle Eastern powder keg.       Which is why...
  • Follow-up: Attending Sunday Mass at Other Parishes

    02/04/2007 6:27:27 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 441+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | January 30, 2007 | Father Edward McNamara
    Some readers intimated that I had perhaps read too much into Canons 209-210 by suggesting that it implied supporting one's local parish (see Jan. 16). Although the expression "particular church" usually means "diocese" in canonical terms, most Catholics support their local church through their parish. Likewise, according to Canon 107, Catholics, unlike most Protestants, generally acquire their pastor through place of residence (technically domicile or quasi-domicile) as canon law presumes laws to be territorial. Even when, as frequently happens in the United States, a Catholic registers and worships in a parish different from his or her territorial parish, this latter...
  • Catholic Rites and Churches

    08/08/2003 7:19:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies · 843+ views
    EWTN ^ | Colin B. Donovan, STL
    Christ, having been lifted up from the earth has drawn all men to Himself. Rising from the dead He sent His life-giving Spirit upon His disciples and through Him has established His Body which is the Church as the universal sacrament of salvation. Sitting at the right hand of the Father, He is continually active in the world that He might lead men to the Church and through it join them to Himself and that He might make them partakers of His glorious life by nourishing them with His own Body and Blood. [Vatican Council II, Dogmatic Constitution on the...
  • The Forgotten Victims

    07/31/2006 1:51:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 2,934+ views
    Chronicles Magazine ^ | July 30, 2006 | Scott Richert
    In late 1990, in the run-up to the Gulf War, I was a graduate student in political theory at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The coming war occupied much of our talk outside the classroom, and I can recall only one graduate student—a Sicilo-American Republican from Philadelphia who had gone through ROTC and was studying at the law school so he could be a JAG Corps attorney for the Army—who was in favor of the war. I was a subscriber to the American edition of the Italian Catholic magazine 30 Days, and we were all shocked when...
  • Melkite Catholic Archbishop Issues "SOS" for Christians in Galilee

    07/21/2006 4:39:08 PM PDT · by pravknight · 1 replies · 279+ views
    EWTN ^ | July 21, 2006 | Catholic News Agency
    Konigstein, Jul. 21, 2006 (CNA) - Today, in midst of a general conflagration between the resistant movements in Lebanon and the Israeli authorities, Elias Chacour, the Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Akka, Haifa, Nazareth and all of Galilee, urgently appealed to the organization Aid to the Church in Need for help. “The whole Galilee region is practically paralysed,” the archbishop wrote, “(there are) no jobs, no circulation, and people stay at home waiting for deliverance and sometimes receiving a rocket or a cachucha instead.” The archbishop pointed especially to the Galilean villages of Jish, Buqaia, Fasuta, Tharsheeha, Miilya and also Haifa...
  • Role of the Patriarch (in the Catholic Church):The Patriarch in Our Melkite Church

    05/19/2006 12:48:21 PM PDT · by pravknight · 40 replies · 338+ views
    Melkite Eparchy of Newton ^ | Fr. Francis Marini
    Every Melkite faithful knows that the head of the Melkite Catholic Church is the Patriarch, at the present time Gregory III (Laham). The role of the Patriarch is not always well understood when it comes to the situation of Melkites who are living outside the Middle East, the historical seat of the Patriarchate of Antioch. According to the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), the Patriarch is the “Father and Head” of the Melkite Church. As Patriarch, he enjoys full authority over all the bishops, priests, deacons, religious and lay faithful of the Melkite Church according to the norm...
  • Healing the Church of Antioch: The Greek-Melkite Initiative

    05/02/2006 5:41:33 PM PDT · by pravknight · 156+ views
    CNEWA ^ | 1997 | Bishop Nicholas Samra
    by Bishop Nicholas J. Samra In July 1996, the Synod of the Greek-Melkite Catholic Church issued “Reunification of the Antiochene Patriarchate,” a document boldly announcing the synod’s desire to heal the rupture between Catholics and Orthodox of the Church of Antioch. Although somewhat unique, this gesture has, historically, had a basis in the life and activity of the Antiochene Church. Unity in diversity has always existed in the Church of Antioch. During apostolic days when “in Antioch…the disciples were first called Christians” (Acts 11:26), a variety of traditions and peoples had lived side by side in this cosmopolitan city, now...
  • Looking Eastward - IS THERE HOPE FOR CATHOLIC-ORTHODOX REUNION?

    04/25/2006 4:47:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies · 3,453+ views
    New Oxford Review ^ | November 2003 | Charles A. Coulombe
    Much of my teenage years were spent in the San Fernando Valley of California, at that time (the mid-70s) a religious and cultural wasteland. Apart from the outlets described in that article, another appeared; I discovered the Eastern Rites of the Church, and the Orthodox Churches. My father, Guy, first stimulated my interest in this area, as in so many others. His tales of valiant Christians maintaining their faith and traditions under Muslim and Communist domination fired the imagination. My freshman year at Daniel Murphy High School (during our last year in Hollywood, before the move north to suburbia)...
  • Jerusalem Church leaders urge int’l community not to boycott Palestinians

    04/16/2006 6:45:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 560+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | April 13, 2006
    Jerusalem, Apr. 13, 2006 (CNA) - The 13 patriarchs and heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem launched in their joint Easter message a powerful appeal for reconciliation between Israel and Palestine and called on the international community not to boycott the Palestinian people by stopping aid, reported AsiaNews. The Christian churches in the Holy Land—Orthodox, Armenian, Latin Catholic, Copt, Syriac, Anglican and Lutheran—will celebrate Easter on April 16 or 23. Their leaders call on their faithful to see the proximity in dates as a sign of the need for greater solidarity and shared witness of the resurrection of Jesus. “It...
  • Ramallah: Islamic violence targets Christians

    04/07/2006 3:12:00 PM PDT · by abu afak · 9 replies · 689+ views
    AsiaNews ^ | 4/7/06
    Fr Ibrahim, parish priest of Ramallah, told AsiaNews that classrooms have been burned, church window panes destroyed, bible study halls set on fire and Catholic youth are being threatened by Muslims. The cleric said suspicion is falling on “Palestinians against the Hamas government”. Ramallah (AsiaNews) – Burned school rooms, church window panes destroyed, bible study halls set on fire and Catholic youth threatened by Muslims: thus runs a list of escalating violent attacks against Christians in Ramallah since Hamas won the election. The parish priest, Fr Ibrahim Hijazin, 55 years, reported the violence to AsiaNews. Fr Ibrahim has been the...
  • Belgian Priest to Stand Trial for Hatred for Citing Fears of Coming Islamic Persecution

    03/31/2006 6:02:12 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies · 1,295+ views
    LifeSite ^ | March 30, 2006 | John-Henry Westen
    BRUSSELS, March 30, 2006 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Catholic priest in Belgium known popularly as Fr. Pčre Samuel is to be brought to trial for hate crimes according to a decision reached last week by the Belgian judiciary.  According to the Brussels Journal (http://www.brusselsjournal.com ), the priest, who fled from Turkey under Islamic persecution, is being prosecuted for warning against Islamic fundamentalism.His offending statement: "Every thoroughly islamized Muslim child that is born in Europe is a time bomb for Western children in the future. The latter will be persecuted when they have become a minority."After hearing of his upcoming trial the...
  • An Arabe-Israeli appointed new Bishop of Galilee

    02/09/2006 1:16:27 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 502+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February 9, 2006
    Beirut, Feb. 09, 2006 (CNA) - The Vatican and the Synod of the Greek Catholic Patriarchate of Antioch, who met Wednesday in Beirut, appointed Father Elias Shakur archbishop of the Galilee. The appointment makes Shakur, the dynamic head of an educational empire with 4,000 students in the Galilee town of Ibillin, the most senior cleric of the Greek Catholic Church in the Holy Land, with a flock of about 55,000, the single largest Christian community in Israel. "I plan to work for reconciliation and dialogue among the three religions of the Holy Land," Chacour told The Jerusalem Post. "I hope...
  • Vatican Synod of Bishops - 11OCT05 - Presentations by Orthodox Representatives

    10/12/2005 10:02:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 417+ views
    Vatican Press Office ^ | October 11, 2005
    Below are the summaries of the interventions: - H.E. JOHANNIS (Zizioulas), Metropolitan of Pergamo; President emeritus of the Academy of Athens (GREECE) It is a great honour for me to be given the opportunity to address this venerable episcopal Synod and bring to it the fraternal greetings and best wishes of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Church of Constantinople. The invitation to our Church to send a fraternal delegate to this Synod is a gesture of great ecumenical significance. We respond to it with gratitude and love. We Orthodox are deeply gratified by the fact that your Synod, too,...
  • Jihadwatch Director interviewed by Catholic Report

    09/22/2005 2:32:42 PM PDT · by bornacatholic · 20 replies · 1,160+ views
    Catholic Report ^ | 12/19/05 | Hartline, Spencer
    I had the privilege of interviewing New York Times best selling Catholic author and Islamic expert, Robert Spencer. Mr Spencer is the director of Jihadwatch, an organization dedicating itself to vigilance over the growing Jihadist movement. In addition he has written several books including Islam Unveiled, Onward Muslim Soldiers, The Politically Incorrect Guide To Islam And The Crusades and Inside Islam; A Guide For Catholics (co-written by Daniel Ali and forward by EWTN television personality Father Mitch Pacwa.) This is the only full length interview ever conducted for a Catholic publication or website with this noteworthy and controversial author. Mr....
  • Greek-Melkite bishop in Hub chosen for Vatican synod

    09/09/2005 11:53:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 230+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | September 9, 2005
    A Boston-based Greek-Melkite archbishop has been tapped by Pope Benedict XVI to a prestigious post to advise the Vatican on a key aspect of Catholic life.      ``My reaction was (I am) honored by the appointment and of course I am ready to work with the other bishops,'' Archbishop-Bishop Cyrille Salim Bustros said yesterday.      Bustros, based at Our Lady of the Annunciation in Roslindale, will join other bishops from Catholic branches worldwide for a three-week synod next month at the Vatican to advise the pope on the role of the Eucharist, or holy communion, in church life. The topic was chosen...
  • Melkite Greek Catholic Bishop John Elya answers questions

    08/23/2005 1:03:49 PM PDT · by bornacatholic · 2 replies · 149+ views
    Melkite Greek Catholic Church ^ | 2004 | Bishop John
    View of the Post-Schism Councils: Must we Eastern Catholics consider the post-schism General Councils of the Roman Church Ecumenical like the Seven of the First Millennium? Bishop John's Answer: Patriarch Gregory II Youssef-Sayour occupied the Melkite throne of Antioch for thirty-three years (1864-1897). At Vatican I, the Patriarch gave an impassioned plea to the assembled bishops in defense of the prerogatives of the ancient patriarchs. He said: "The Eastern Church attributes the highest and most complete power to the Pope, but in such a way that the fullness of his power is in harmony with the rights of the other...
  • Relics in the Altar - And More on John Paul II's Veil (Catholic Liturgical Practice)

    05/03/2005 6:18:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 613+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 3, 2005 | Father Edward McNamara
    ROME, MAY 3, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University. Q: I would like to know the present teaching of the Church, with documentary evidence, on fixing relics of the saints at the altar of Holy Mass. -- K.S., Nagapattinam, India A: The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, No. 302, contains the following statement: "The practice of placing relics of Saints, even those not Martyrs, under the altar to be dedicated is fittingly retained. Care should be taken, however, to ensure the authenticity of such relics." This statement summarizes the...
  • Russian Orthodox Patriarch Reacts to Election of Benedict XVI

    04/26/2005 10:19:24 AM PDT · by TaxachusettsMan · 429 replies · 4,530+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 25, 2005 | Stacy Meichtry
    "We don't know if that's going to affect (relations) with the Russian Orthodox church. The future will show," Interfax new agency quoted Patriarch Alexy II as saying. Metropolitan Kirill, a senior official in the Russian Orthodox church, attended the meeting with Benedict on Alexy's behalf. Alexy ruled out the possibility of inviting Benedict to Russia in the near future, calling on the new pope to address the proselytizing of Orthodox followers by Catholic missionaries that he alleges went on during John Paul's reign. These accusations led Alexy to block John Paul from visiting Russia in 2004, ending the late pontiff's...
  • Prayers of Eastern Christian Churches at the Papal Funeral

    04/08/2005 8:21:07 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 62 replies · 2,102+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/8/2005 | n/a
    Click on the link above the watch and hear the Prayers by the Eastern Churches at the funeral of Pope John Paul II.
  • The importance of understanding Eastern Christianity

    03/29/2005 4:30:35 PM PST · by NYer · 49 replies · 1,176+ views
    University Concourse ^ | October 2000 | Anthony T. Dragani
    For the past several years I have witnessed an ongoing crisis of identity within the Roman Catholic Church, which is evident even on the campus of Franciscan University. Often reduced to the battle between "Conservatives" versus "Progressives" or "Traditionalists" versus "Charismatics," the issues involved are multifaceted and complex. I have tried to make my own contribution to this debate, with varying degrees of success. Now I'd like to address it from a new perspective, i.e. as a kind of outsider, for that is indeed what I have become. I am an Eastern Christian. While gladly submitting to the authority of...
  • Patriarch and Nuncio to visit village where Druze attacked Christians

    02/19/2005 1:55:28 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 563+ views
    Asia News ^ | February 18, 2005
    Maghar (AsiaNews) – Next Sunday, Mgr Michel Sabbah, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, and Mgr Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Holy Land, will visit the village of Maghar, in the Galilee, where Druze residents recently attacked local Christians—who did not react in kind—forcing some 2,000 of them to flee their homes.At 10:30 am, the Patriarch and the Nuncio will celebrate a festive liturgy as a token of solidarity towards Maghar Christians. Leaders from other Christian Churches in the Holy Land shall also take part in the event. Foreign ambassadors have been invited.Maghar is a village of about 18,000...
  • Christians from every denomination meet where Jesus was baptised

    01/28/2005 1:48:53 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 483+ views
    Asia News ^ | January 28, 2005
    Amman (AsiaNews) – About 15,000 Christians from Jordan and the Holy Land came today to the shores of the Jordan River to the spot where, according to tradition, Jesus was baptised. They travelled to the holy site, which is just a few kilometres south-west of the Jordanian capital of Amman, to celebrate the Feat of the Theophany.The high point of the event was a holy mass celebrated at 10 am by Mgr Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, with seven leaders of other Churches with a presence in the Holy Land such as the Melkite, Armenian, Maronite, Chaldean, Coptic...
  • What is an Eastern Catholic?

    06/09/2004 10:54:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 336+ views
    The Christian Church was born in the Holy Land, what we call the Middle East today. As it spread, the Church took on the ways of the nations which accepted it. In this country, most Christian churches are 'western' because their roots are in western Europe, and their ways reflect the culture of the German, Irish or Italian immigrants who founded them. Some American churches, were started by people from Eastern Europe or the Middle East. They still keep the ways of the Holy Land (Jerusalem, where Christ founded His Church; Antioch, where the name Christian was first used; Damascus,...
  • The Rite Switch: why Roman rite Catholics become Eastern rite

    06/03/2004 6:39:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 55 replies · 1,191+ views
    The words "Byzantine" and "Greek" in the past have been used to describe the Eastern Catholic Churches, which consist of seventeen churches with roots in particular countries, all in full communion with the Pope. The largest ones found in America are the Ruthenian (Eastern European), Melkite (many countries of the Middle East), Maronite (Lebannon), Ukrainian (Russia), and Coptic (Egyptian) churches. Eastern rite liturgies are characterized by sung liturgies, elaborate vestments, small congregations, and varied ethnic customs, reflecting the traditions of the different countries of the rite. The Eastern churches draw their membership mainly from their home countries, with a small...
  • The Miracle Of Damascus[Our Lady Of Soufanieh]- APPROVED By Catholic And Orthodox Bishops

    06/04/2002 6:10:51 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 33 replies · 12,534+ views
    Unity Publishing ^ | 00/00/98 | Rick Salbato
    "Unity Publishing - Come Home to the TRUE Mother of GOD" border="1" naturalsizeflag="3"> "The Miracle of Damascus" "The Book Medjugorje Centers Tried to Stop." [Now Available Online ONLY] Copy Right: JMJ Publishing (Rick Salbato)ISBN # 094142704=9Photographs from "The Miracle of Damascus" 1. Nicholas and Mirna Nazour with their son Emmanuel2. Nicholas, Mirna, John Emmanuel and Myriam Nazour3. The miraculous image of Our Lady of Soufanieh4. Mirna's home shrine5. Mirna Nazour of Damascus, Syria, mystic and stigmatist, at age 186. Mirna Nazour at age 267. The Nazour home in the Soufanieh (Christian) district of the "Old City"8. The roof of...