Christian schools in Israel did not open their doors this year. An indefinite strike began on September 1, coinciding with the beginning of the school year, in order to protest against some policies of the Jewish State that are against the schools' rights and that are considered "discriminatory". Full story
“We strongly encourage pilgrims to come to the Holy Land, to walk in the places where Christ himself walked, to touch with their hands our dream of peace, in which they too will also certainly play a leading role.” These were the words of Bishop Willam Shomali, Chairman of the Pilgrimage Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land. Full story
The 2015-2016 school year opened this morning for over 2 million Israeli schoolchildren and more than 166,000 teachers. The doors stayed closed only for the 33,000 pupils of the Christian schools. The reasons for the strike are explained in a statement released yesterday by the Office of Christian schools. Full story
Due to the wars in the Middle East and the attacks by fundamentalist groups that have caused bloodshed in Western countries as well, the numbers of pilgrimages to the Holy Land are undergoing a substantial decline. With the public appeal that we are publishing here, the Custos of the Holy Land calls on us to return to the Holy Places. Full story
Today the cornerstone of the Terra Sancta Museum was laid at the Monastery of the Flagellation, in Old Jerusalem. It is a unique project in which the Custody of the Holy Land has decided to invest to expose the roots of Christianity and tell a story that is worth telling. The event was also attended by the consuls of France, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United States of America. Full story
To mark the fourth anniversary of his death, 37 respected scholars have contributed to this book in honor of Father Michele Piccirillo, the Franciscan friar of the Custody and world-renowned archaeologist. "Christ is Here!" supplies a thorough and highly impressive bibliography containing Father Piccirillo’s archaeological discoveries and achievements.
Since 21st May, the Museum of Israel in Jerusalem has had two 15th century illuminated volumes on display, which the public can admire until 20th September. This is a minor event which brings together, after centuries, two parts of the same work: a copy of the Mishne Torah by Moses Maimonides produced in northern Italy around 1457. The initiative was made possible by the collaboration between the Museum and the Vatican Library.
In recent decades, Walajeh, a small West Bank village located south of Jerusalem, on the road leading to Bethlehem, has been experiencing many changes due to geopolitical instability in the area. Only this olive tree seems to have kept its existence unchanged for hundreds, or perhaps thousands, of years.