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
"An act of violence committed by intolerant and callous individuals which damages the image of the Holy Land by offending the country's Christians and the Catholic Church as a whole": this was the statement from the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land concerning the serious fire that broke out during the night between Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th June, at the Benedictine Sanctuary of Tabgha, on the shores of Lake Tiberias in Galilee. Full story
If it were not for the Jews of the Diaspora, who come and go, and the groups of Christian pilgrims – although not as numerous as in the golden days – the situation would be catastrophic. This is confirmed by the official statistics and the evaluations by the trade: in Israel, as in neighbouring Jordan, tourism is being crippled by war and the social crisis in the Middle East but these are not the only reasons. Full story
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
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.