Peace rallies organized in response to vandalism against Jerusalem school

Firefighters in the damaged classrooms of Jerusalem's Max Rayne school.

An outpouring of support following vandalism by extremist Israeli group at a bilingual Hebrew-Arab school in Jerusalem includes teachers, parents, students, ministers and even a football team, who have rallied in support the program’s efforts offering a model for peaceful coexistence in Israel. Full story

Francis and Bartholomew: The Present And The Future Ask Us To Be United

The central part of Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey took place yesterday and today in Istanbul. At the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, on the feast day of the patron saint – the apostle Andrew – Bartholomew I and his Guest from Rome confirmed the convinced commitment to one day restore full communion between Catholics and Orthodox. Full story

Video - English Cardinal Nichols Meets Christian Community in Gaza

Accompanied by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, arrived in Gaza on Sunday, November 23, to meet the small Christian community still present in the Strip. The checkpoint is less than five kilometers from the city and the English cardinal found a desolate population of men and children in the streets. Full story

A school for the disabled in the heart of the West Bank

A school for disabled children, to include them in public schools and in Palestinian society. This is the challenge launched in Beit  Fajjar, a village in the West Bank, half way between Bethlehem and Hebron. At the origin of the project is the association Maysoon’s Kids, founded by the Palestinian-US actress and comic Maysoon Zayid, affected by cerebral palsy. Full story

1214-2014: In the Footsteps of St. Francis on the Way to Santiago de Compostela

Though historians are not able to confirm it, according to the 14th-century writings The Little Flowers of St. Francis (Fioretti di san Francesco), in 1214 St. Francis of Assisi visited the tomb of St. James in Galicia (Spain). Spanish Franciscans have decided to celebrate the 800th year anniversary with a series of spiritually inspired events, from concerts to exhibitions, along with initiatives to aid the homeless. Full story

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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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Video - Medicine and Faith Through the History of Jerusalem

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.

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Video - Magdala Center Opening

«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.

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