Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See Raphael Schutz meets with Pope Francis on February 2, 2024. | Credit: Vatican Media

In Letter, Pope Francis laments ‘terrible increase’ in attacks against Jews

Feb 3, 2024

In a letter addressed to “my Jewish brothers and sisters in Israel" and released today, Pope Francis lamented the “terrible increase in attacks against Jews around the world” that has taken place since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war last October.

Pope Francis appears in the window of the Apostolic Palace to give his Sunday Angelus address on January 14, 2024. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "War itself is a crime against humanity"

Jan 14, 2024

Pope Francis made a strong appeal for peace on Sunday calling modern warfare “a crime against humanity” that sows death among civilians and destroys cities.

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his Angelus address on Dec. 17, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Condemns Reported Israeli Sniper Attack on Gaza Catholic Church

Dec 17, 2023

The Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem reported that two women were shot by the IDF on Dec. 16.

Smoke increases after Israeli airstrikes on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Anas-Mohammed/Shutterstock

“Our staff is helpless”, Caritas MONA Says as Deadly Raids Continue in Israel-Hamas War

Nov 27, 2023

The West Bank remains “a huge prison” where people cannot move to get basic services, and Gaza is reeling in a deep humanitarian crisis, a Caritas official has said, noting that staff of the charity arm of the Church who are based in the two zones are unable to provide any help to those affected by the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem. | Credit: Christian Gennari / OESSH

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Asks for Donations in Face of Suffering, Hatred in Holy Land

Nov 7, 2023

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa explained that it is “charity and prayer” that have animated the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem “in times of extreme hardship.”

Workers prepare to distribute medical aid and medicines to Nasser Medical Hospital in the city of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, which recently arrived through the Rafah crossing on Oct. 29, 2023, in Khan Yunis, Gaza. | Credit: Ahmad Hasaballah/Getty Images

Needs in Gaza "immense," aid "meager and inconsistent": UN Refugee Director

Oct 30, 2023

The U.N. said Sunday that “thousands of desperate people” had “stormed U.N.-operated warehouses” and other aid distribution centers in the Gaza region.

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, on Oct. 20, 2023. | Credit: Gianfranco Pinto Ostuni

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Mourns 18 Dead in Gaza Christian Church Bombing

Oct 23, 2023

“War and bombs have never solved problems; on the contrary, they always create new ones,” Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa said.

Pope Francis meets with World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder at the Vatican on Oct. 19, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

World Jewish Congress Leader Asks Pope to Use "moral authority" to Help Israeli Hostages

Oct 19, 2023

In his meeting with the pope, Ronald Lauder urged the pontiff “to use your power, to use your strength, to get these hostages released.”

Smoke increases after Israeli airstrikes on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Anas-Mohammed/Shutterstock

What You Need to Know about the War Between Israel and Hamas

Oct 18, 2023

The ongoing tension in the Middle East has flared up again in a war between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist group that controls the Gaza Strip.

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, patriarch of Jerusalem. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez

Catholic Patriarch of Jerusalem Offers to be Exchanged for Hostages Held by Hamas

Oct 16, 2023

Israel Defense Forces announced Monday that 199 Israeli hostages, including children, are being held by Hamas.

A cross atop the seminary in Beit Jala, Palestine. | Aid to the Church in Need.

Vatican Calls for Peace in Holy Land, Offers to Mediate Between Hamas and Israel

Oct 13, 2023

Vatican’s secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin said any mediation would have to take into account "the issue of Israeli settlements, security, and the issue of the city of Jerusalem."

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa blesses the congregation at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on April 4, 2021. | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Catholic Patriarch Calls Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in the Holy Land

Oct 12, 2023

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa has urged Catholics to organize times of prayer with Eucharistic adoration and recitation of the rosary.

Daily procession of the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land (Calvary, Latin Chapel), Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem. Oct. 9, 2023. | Credit: Marinella Bandini

In the Holy Land, Franciscans are Keeping Doors to Holy Sites Open — for Now

Oct 11, 2023

On Saturday, Oct. 7, Israel suddenly found itself in a state of war. A barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip and attacks by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated cities near the border resulted in the death of over 1,000 people. Among them were 11 American citizens as well as citizens from many other countries.

Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza at Christmas 2021. | Credit: Anas-Mohammed/Shutterstock

Pastor of Only Catholic Church in Gaza: "Never have we seen things like this time"

Oct 10, 2023

Father Gabriel Romanelli expressed his gratitude for the closeness, concern, and prayers, along with the “hundreds of messages” he receives every day.

Pope Francis prays during a general audience in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 20, 2023. Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, patriarch of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, celebrates Easter Sunday Mass at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on April 4, 2021. | Credit: (L) Daniel Ibanez/CNA. (R) Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Pope Francis, Jerusalem Patriarch React to Violence Between Israel and Hamas

Oct 8, 2023

The pope issued an appeal Sunday to “please stop weapons attacks!”

Smoke increases after Israeli airstrikes on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Oct. 10, 2023. | Credit: Anas-Mohammed/Shutterstock

Dozens Killed in Surprise Hamas Attacks on Israel; Netanyahu Says country "at war"

Oct 7, 2023

Surprise attacks by Hamas on Israel early on Saturday killed at least dozens of people.

Pope Francis greets the crowd at his Regina Caeli address on May 14, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Prays for Cease-fire Between Israelis and Palestinians

May 14, 2023

Pope Francis prayed Sunday that the recently signed cease-fire between Israelis and Palestinians will be maintained and that “the weapons will be silenced.”

Pope Francis prayed for peace in the Holy Land at the end of his Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023. / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Expresses Sorrow Over "spiral of death" in the Holy Land

Jan 29, 2023

In his Sunday Angelus address, the pope expressed “great sorrow” for the death of Palestinians killed in an Israeli military raid and seven Israelis killed in a shooting.

A view of modern-day Jericho, the site of a recently uncovered sixth-century church. | Tamar Hayardeni|Wikimedia Commons|GFDL

Archaeologists Uncover Early Christian Church with Ornate Mosaic in Jericho

Jan 13, 2023

A team of Israeli archaeologists has discovered a sixth-century Byzantine church with highly decorated mosaic floors. 

The blind man from birth washes his eyes in the Pool of Siloam | Credit: Wikimedia / Public Domain

Excavation Site of Pool of Siloam Where Jesus Cured a Blind Man to Open to Public

Jan 7, 2023

The excavation site of the Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem, the place where Jesus restored sight to a blind man, will be open to the public for the first time.