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Latest News – Holy Land News 2017-02-17T14:17:42+00:00

Pope Francis donates $170,000 to Church in Syria.

Meeting with Syrian Bishops in Damascus, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri announced that the Holy Father will give a contribution to their charitable work for the most needy in the country. On the first day of his visit to Syria, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches also presided at a Divine Liturgy with Patriarch Youssef Absi, and met 100

November 4th, 2021|

First Pilgrim Group Since Start of COVID-19.

The Catholic Theological Union group from the United States visited Bethlehem University on Wednesday, 20 October 2021. The first visiting pilgrim group after an absence of about a year and a half following the outbreak of COVID-19. Father Donald Senior, Professor of New Testament, Chancellor, President Emeritus at Catholic Theological Union along with Ms. Colleen Kennedy led a group of 22

November 4th, 2021|

Religious tourism resuscitated in the Holy Land.

May the Savior of the world who was born in Bethlehem, Lord Jesus Christ, help restore genuine peace in the entire Middle East region so as to serve as an impetus and a motive for Christians worldwide to visit the region and pay special visits to the Christian Holy Sites.   “Pilgrims, you are invited to visit the Holy Land...

November 4th, 2021|

During Feast of Mary, Queen of Palestine, the synod begins in joyful and fraternal unity.

DEIR RAFAT - On Saturday, October 30, 2021, more than 3,000 people came to the Shrine of Deir Rafat to celebrate the anniversary of the consecration of the diocese and Palestine to Our Lady, Queen of Palestine, a solemnity instituted in 1928 by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Luigi Barlassina. His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, presided over this celebration. Present

November 4th, 2021|

Vatican official: Bombs have not destroyed faith of Syria’s Christians.

ROME — While much of the world has forgotten about the war in Syria and the extreme poverty plaguing most of its people, Pope Francis has not forgotten the Syrian people and the Christians there who continue to witness to the faith, said Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches. At the end of a meeting with

November 4th, 2021|

Catholic Ordinaries condemn Israeli decision to cancel event at Abraham’s House in Jerusalem.

STATEMENT - We have learned with great concern and astonishment of the decision of Israel's Minister of Internal Security to ban cultural events for children that were supposed to take place this week at "Maison d'Abraham" (Abraham’s House), a Catholic Church institution in East Jerusalem, managed by Secours Catholique - Caritas France. We have been informed by the responsible of

November 4th, 2021|

Diocesan phase of General Synod of Catholic Church kicks off in Holy Land.

HOLY LAND - On October 30, 2021, the diocesan phase of the General Synod of the Catholic Church was opened in the Holy Land. In Palestine and Israel, the phase was opened during the celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, Queen of Palestine in Deir Rafat. The ceremony, which was attended by more than 3000 faithful from Galilee and the West

November 4th, 2021|

Israel’s decision to cancel cultural event upsets Catholic leaders.

JERUSALEM — Catholic leaders are questioning a decision by Israel’s Ministry of Internal Security to cancel a three-day Palestinian cultural event at Abraham’s House, a Catholic pilgrim hostel in East Jerusalem. The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land said in an Oct. 27 statement that it viewed the decision by Israeli authorities with “great concern and astonishment.” Bernard

November 4th, 2021|

Bethlehem: the city of Christmas.

What pops up in your mind when thinking about Christmas? Many might recall presents, decorations, family and a big festive meal. Few think of the less fortunate, about solidarity and communion.  Fewer think of the place where it all began: Bethlehem. With the Basilica of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto and Star Street, the town offers visitors the unique experience of seeing

November 4th, 2021|

Bethlehem prepares to receive pilgrims for overnight stays starting from November.

BETHLEHEM - In conjunction with the Israeli government's decision to open the borders to pilgrims who have been fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 starting from November 1, 2021, the city of Bethlehem is preparing to receive pilgrims again for overnight stays, starting from November 6, after a break of about a year and a half.  Although some pilgrims have arrived in

October 29th, 2021|