A short walk from Jerusalem lies the monastery of Latrun, which is important from both a religious and a historical point of view. The monks produce a healing oil from the seeds of red grapes.
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.
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.
In Jerusalem, ancient trees bear witness to Scripture and some are listed by the Israeli association Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (or Jewish National Fund). Let’s have a look at the olive trees in Gethsemane, the trees of the Orthodox Monastery of the Cross, at the foot of the Israeli Parliament and the pistachio trees of the British cemetery of 1917 near Mount Scopus.
«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.
The village of Ain Karem is located on the hilly area about ten miles from Jerusalem. It is the location of shrine of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth and shrine of St. John on the Mountain. “Our Convents and sanctuaries are havens of peace. It has been necessary to restore them and allow pilgrims to enjoy this atmosphere, "says Father Severino. So the idea of reopening the Franciscan Casa Nova to accomodate pilgrims was born.
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