Video - From the United States to the Holy Land, Pilgrims' Experience

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The word “pilgrim” comes from the Latin “peregrinus” which means someone running through the fields, or borders. In Christianity, and especially in the Catholic world, and the pilgrim is one who seeks intensely, who visits the Holy Places and experiences the divine presence. Let’s listen to a group of American pilgrims who, in May, went through the Holy Land in the footsteps of Jesus. Full story

Pope Canonizes Palestine Sisters, Says Imitate Their Sanctity

Follow in the footsteps of these four women, the recently canonized saints, whose lives the Church invites us to imitate. This was the exhortation of Pope Francis during his homily Sunday during the canonization Mass for four sisters in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square, who he noted, challenge Christians to bear witness to the Resurrection of Christ. Full story

On Eve of Canonization, Pope Meets Palestine's President in Vatican

Just one day before the canonization of the two Palestinian sisters-- Sister Mariam Baouardy and Sister Marie Alphonsine Danil Ghattas—in the Vatican, Pope Francis received in audience President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, Saturday May 16th. President Abbas was in Rome for the canonization. Full story

Soon-To-Be Canonized Saints "Represent a Model of Perfection for Everybody"

Sunday May 17th Pope Francis will canonize the two Palestinian blesseds along with two European religious. The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, will lead a delegation of more than 2,000 people from the Palestine territories and Jordan. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, who meets with the Pope on Saturday, will also be present. Full story

New Agreement Further Signifies State of Palestine Recognized by the Holy See

Yesterday he Bilateral Commission of the Holy See and the State of Palestine has issued a joint statement, which is causing many to examine how the Vatican has been and is Vatican recognizing Palestine. The commission has expressed great satisfaction with the progress achieved in formulating the text of the agreement, which deals with essential aspects of the life and activity of the Catholic Church in Palestine. Full story

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Books & Websites

A Tribute to Father Michele Piccirillo

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.

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Cinema, Art etc.

Video - Noa, Music for Peace

A unique and enchanting voice. A double bass, drums and a guitar. This is the simplest way to create music according to Noa, who was born into a family of Yemenite Jews who emigrated to the US, and who has decided to use her own talent to communicate peace and coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.

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The Cave of the Seven Sleepers

Just a little way south-east of Amman, in Jordan, we are at Al Raqim. On the side of a low hill, an ancient Byzantine burial place was dug out, which then became a Muslim shrine. The place celebrates the incorruptible faith in one God and is based on an ancient Christian narrative, which was then also picked up by the Koran. It is the story of the seven sleepers. Let us tell you this story.

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