Vatican voices support for its Pontifical Good Friday Collection, asking Christians to remember refugees and those Christians displaced by violence in Syria. Read more. View full letter.
Catholic school students in U.S. will be exchanging letters with students at Franciscan schools in the Holy Land in new pen pal program. Read more.
As part of an immersion program, Holy Land Franciscans host faculty from University of San Diego and share their research, their vocation of teaching, and their day-to-day lives as guides of pilgrims. Read more. Photo Credit: USD Newscenter
Keys to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem are literally in the hands of Muslims, and Christians want it that way. Read more.
Holy Land Franciscan Custos and other Christian leaders agree to re-open Church of the Holy Sepulcher after Israeli officials suspend plan to tax church properties in Jerusalem, agreeing to negotiate. Read the official statement.
After the number of Brazilian pilgrims visiting the Holy Land triples in one year, Custos of the Holy Land Franciscans makes visits to Brazil and Argentina: “I saw their desire to get to know the Holy Land better.” Read more.
Christian leaders of Armenian and Greek Orthodox churches, along with the Holy Land Franciscan Custos, close the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in protest of Jerusalem’s “Church Lands Bill,” a regulation they say is an abuse against Christian churches. Read more.
Holy Land Franciscans host faculty from a University of San Diego immersion program. Fluids professor notes importance of the symbol of water in the Christian faith, while researching water access and conservation issues in the Holy Land. Read more. Photo Credit: USD Newscenter