On Sunday, October 12th, the new chapel dedicated to the Holy Spirit at the Cenacle was opened. The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Archbishop José Rodriguez Carballo. The Monastery of Saint Francis on Mount Zion offers pilgrims the opportunity to celebrate the mystery of the Last Supper in a place just a few meters from the Shrine. Full story
The mere idea of abandoning Israel for a life in another country sounds outrageous to many Israelis. Yet a clutch of would-be emigrants are considering just that. The Israeli debate on immigration has resurfaced in recent weeks, especially after a 25-year old created a Facebook page for those who dream of settling in Berlin. Full story
In the past few days, the appeal by about one hundred Arab Christian leaders for the formal recognition of the State of Palestine has been made public. The signatories are addressing European governments in particular, asking them to take this step as an act of justice towards the Palestinian people and as a fundamental step for peace in the region. Full story
On Oct. 10th the Franciscan has been brought back to the convent of Knayeh (Syria) and he is doing well. The pastor of the Latin Church in a village in northern Syria, was kidnapped on the night between Oct. 5th and 6th by militants of the Jahbat Al-Nusra group. The friar cannot leave the village for now and the situation remains fragile. As the Custos of the Holy Land, who first told the news of his release, explains. Full story
Confirmation of the abduction in Syria of a friar of the community arrives from Jerusalem and the curia of the Custody of the Holy Land: the Syrian Fr. Hanna Jallouf (62). The religious is the parish priest of the Christian village of Knayeh, in the valley of the Orontes River and was taken in the night between 5th and 6th October with about twenty other hostages. 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.