“I have only one wish: that the clergy be a good clergy and that the laity be a good laity, in the image of Christ.” In a few words, we can summarize the pastoral program of Archbishop George Bacouni, the new pastor of the Greek Catholic diocese of Acre, Haifa, Nazareth and all Galilee. It consists of 33 parishes led by 36 priests, caring of 76,000 faithful and it is the largest Christian community in the whole of Galilee. Full story
Last Thursday Turkey inaugurated Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as its 12th President. The self-proclaimed Islamist promises economic growth and further development, but many of the country's citizens are wondering if his shift from Prime Minister to President is not merely a way for him to keep the reins in his hands and continue to drive the country further down the path of a more conservative society. Full story
A ceasefire ending the 50-day Gaza conflict that left 2,145 Palestinians and some 70 Israelis dead went into effect at 7pm (16:00 GMT) local time on Tuesday. While many leaders have expressed backing for the truce, they are also voicing the need for actions to secure long-lasting peace. Full story
On August 18, 150 Holy Land pilgrimage operators met at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Savior for the presentation of the Online Booking System. Participants were invited by the Christian Information Center. The online system is a new way to book masses at the shrines of the Custody of the Holy Land. Full story
In these days of war, Parents' Circle is in the streets of Israel asking for a different path. The association was created in 1995 and gathers relatives of victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict who are seeking an alternative to war and hatred between the two peoples. 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.
How can faith and science meet? And medicine and miracles come to an agreement, in a city considered holy by three religions? The answer to this question is dealt with in an exhibition opened until April 2015 at the Tower of David, which traces the history of medical science in Jerusalem from biblical times to the present. A special section of the exhibition is dedicated to the contribution of the Church in the field of health care.
«God invites us to dream big. Thus the Magdala Center project was born, like a dream that God wanted to bless.» These are the words of Father Juan Solana. With the participation of religious and civil authorities, the Magdala Archaeological Park was opened and the dedication of the Duc In Altum Spirituality Center took place: a day of great joy, on May 28th, 2014.