For Holy Land Christians, St Paul VI left behind a legacy of Catholic institutions to serve and strengthen the community.
Category: The Holy Land
If we are looking for an example of Christian unity in action, we should look to the Palestinian Christians, and other Christian communities in the Middle East. This was one of the messages in...
Tradition holds that the Transfiguration of Jesus took place on Mount Tabor, the 586 metre-high bluff which overlooks the Jezreel (or Esdraelon) plains.
In biblical times, as today, water was vital: to be hydrated, to stay clean, to produce crops, to raise livestock. Water was life. So it is no accident that so many crucial events in the Gospel take place around water: the Sea of Galilee, the River Jordan, and the various wells and healing pools.
A group from Bryanston parish in Johannesburg on the shore of the Sea of Galilee during their Holy Land pilgrimage, led by Frs Keith Gordon-Davis and Theo Macupe, and guided by Gaby Makhlouf, a...
This week’s massacre of 55 people in Gaza took place during a protest commemorating what Palestinians call the Naqba (Catastrophe), when many lost their homes to the newly-established state of Israel 70 years ago....
In the second of his three articles on ten places where we find Mary in the Holy Land, Günther Simmermacher guides us to the Temple in Jerusalem, the wedding feast in Cana, and through Mary’s sorrow as her Son is crucified.
The Blessed Virgin Mary was a real person of flesh and blood, and the recorded stations of her life are marked by shrines and churches throughout the Holy Land. Günther Simmermacher guides us on a pilgrimage to Mary.
Jerusalem’s most famous Christian church, shared by three denominations, is unlocked each morning by a Muslim. Since the seventh century, the family of Wajeeh Nuseibeh, 69, has handed down the responsibility of opening the door of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Scientists who helped restore a shrine above the site believed to be the place where Christ was buried say testing of samples has dated the tomb to at least the fourth century.
Despite the current uncertainty, life in Bethlehem continues, including pilgrimages to the place of Jesus’ birth
This year the Franciscans mark 800 years since they first came to the Holy Land, where they are the custodians of holy shrines — and part of daily life. Günther Simmermacher looks at that history.