Patriarch of Jerusalem's edict puts unity on Holy Land's Christmas in doubt

The Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III has posted a memo on the patriarchate website that appears to overturn a 45-year-old agreement with Western Christian churches.

Aid worker's father appeals to Pope Francis to gain his son's release from Israel

A Palestinian man has appealed to Pope Francis to intercede with the Israeli government to release his son, a humanitarian worker with a Christian aid organization, who has been in jail for more than five years on what the father maintains are manufactured charges.