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The first Sunday of Advent: capable of welcoming Jesus.

After 1400 years, this year the solemn entrance of the Custos of the Holy Land into the Basilica of the Nativity, on the first Sunday of Advent, took on a new meaning, thanks to the return of a fragment of the Relic of the Holy Crib to Bethlehem. As tradition has it, on Saturday morning the faithful of the parish

December 6th, 2019|

HOLY LAND – A new trial on the disputed buildings between the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and Ateret Cohanim is possible.

Jerusalem  - The long tug-of-war on some buildings of the Holy City between the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Jewish organization Ateret Cohanim has not yet reached its conclusion: in recent days - the Israeli press informed - a judge of the Jerusalem District Court questioned a previous ruling by the Supreme Court that seemed to have definitively

December 6th, 2019|

Fragment of relic of Sacred Crib of Jesus arrives in Bethlehem from Basilica of St. Mary Major.

BETHLEHEM/ JERUSALEM – On Friday, November 29, 2019, a fragment of what, according to tradition, is the Holy Crib of the Jesus had arrived in Jerusalem. Preserved for centuries at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, this relic will remain permanently in Bethlehem, a gift from Pope Francis to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. At the St. Mary

December 4th, 2019|

Bethlehem’s festive Christians welcome relic of Christ’s manger.

A crowd of faithful greeted the arrival of the precious relic for the beginning of the Christmas celebrations. It will be exhibited in St. Catherine’s Church, adjacent to the Basilica of the Nativity. Monsignor Pizzaballa: a sign of the Pope's "profound attention". Custodian of the Holy Land: "Beautiful gift". Bethlehem  - Over the weekend, a crowd of faithful celebrated the

December 3rd, 2019|

Advent: Catechetical Office of Latin Patriarchate organizes spiritual retreat for Christian teachers in Bethlehem and Ramallah.

 “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 BETHLEHEM/ RAMALLAH- To begin the Advent Season of 2019 in a special and spiritual way; the Catechetical Office of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem invited Christian teachers in all the Christian Schools for a spiritual gathering. About 20 teachers who come

December 3rd, 2019|

Archbishop of Basra calls for new infrastructures and constitution to save Iraq.

The Church provides protesters with "food and shelter” every week. Schools and public buildings are closed in several southern cities. Six more people died yesterday in Baghdad in three separate explosions that no one has claimed. For Bishop Habib Jajou, ordinary Iraqis are suffering from poverty, whilst young people want social justice. Basra  – It is sad to admit it,

December 3rd, 2019|

Thousands gather in Bethlehem for Christmas tree lighting.

PA prime minister tells crowd the Palestinians are resisting Israeli plans ‘to uproot us and strip us from our civilization and history’. Thousands of faithful and dignitaries attended Saturday’s lighting of the giant Christmas tree in Bethlehem outside the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Father Francesco Patton, a top

December 3rd, 2019|

Bethlehem University Celebrates Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Dozens of students, faculty, and staff gathered in De La Salle building to celebrate the annual Christmas tree lighting on Thursday, 28 November 2019. Vice Chancellor Brother Peter Bray said that it was a wonderful opportunity to come together as a University; faculty, staff, and students, to celebrate this Christmas season. He added that “we start our celebration by lighting

December 3rd, 2019|

Wooden fragment of ‘baby Jesus’s crib’ arrives in Jerusalem ahead of its return to Bethlehem after it was sent to Rome in 640AD.

The relic was presented to Franciscan custodians of the Holy Land in Jerusalem  It will be taken to Bethlehem tomorrow in time for traditional tree lighting  This is first time a wooden part of the manger has been returned to Bethlehem A wooden fragment said to be from the crib of the baby Jesus arrived in Jerusalem today on its

December 2nd, 2019|