In silent Church of the Beatitudes, Franciscan nuns expand their prayers

"It is a great sufferance to see suddenly empty all this beautiful paradise," said Sr. Telesphora Pavlou.


'Reality of Gaza': Conflict affects electricity, limiting virtual classes

The Rosary Sisters' School in Gaza prepared for alternative distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they had not prepared for the possibility of an electricity shortage.

Catholic-supported co-op in Israel helps asylum-seekers during pandemic

The collective, supported by several Catholic charities — including the Pontifical Mission, the Comboni Sisters, Spanish Manos Unidas and a parish in Switzerland, has been providing a source of income and support for Israel's most vulnerable population of African women asylum-seekers, and its work has become even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With wall on three sides, Comboni Sisters in West Bank build bridges

The wall and military towers loom above the convent on all three sides, including over the kindergarten playground, which has been covered by a fireproof roof because of the Molotov cocktails thrown over the wall by Palestinian demonstrators during clashes with Israeli soldiers.