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800 years of Franciscan presence in the Holy Land

2017-09-12T08:53:42+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Categories: In the Holy Land|

The Holy Land arrives in Rimini, Italy for a yearly gathering organized by the Catholic Communion and Liberation Movement.  The Holy Land Franciscans celebrated their participation through an exhibit, "The Land Beloved of God: The Custody of the Holy Land," a tribute to their 800 years in the region. Read more.

Response from U.S. Provincial Ministers to the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

2017-08-21T17:03:15+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 2017 In response to the recent violence in Charlottesville, VA, the US Franciscans state that “all forms of racism, white supremacy, neo-nazism, xenophobia, and hatred are wrong.” Read official statement>  

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Mormons and Buddhists and Friars—Oh My!

2017-08-15T18:06:57+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Categories: At the monastery|Tags: , |

Greg Friedman, OFM Life at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is never dull. A constant stream of visitors come for prayer, tours, or just to enjoy the beautiful gardens. But in the space of two weeks during July, the Monastery hosted two groups, both from different faith-traditions, who were a departure from [...]

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Travel back in time at this secret, cool oasis in Jerusalem’s Old City

2017-08-07T20:21:50+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Categories: In the Holy Land|

The recently-opened first stage of renovations of the 100-year-old Terra Sancta Museum is an immersive, multi-media experience called “Via Dolorosa” (See a video preview).  Project Director promises they’ll open a new section of the museum every year. Read more.

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Jews, Muslims and Christians unite to combat climate change

2017-07-31T22:07:53+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Categories: In the Holy Land, News|

Holy Land Custos Fr. Francesco Patton shook hands with a rabbi and a sharia court judge at an event hosted by the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development. All three spoke in favor of reducing climate change, especially concerned with increased drought and extreme heat in the Middle East, which can exacerbate conflicts and instability. Read more.

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Custos addresses “dangerous situation” in Jerusalem

2017-07-31T22:05:02+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Categories: In the Holy Land, News|

With a recent escalation in violence in Jerusalem, the Custos of the Holy Land is calling for “dialogue” and “moderation.” The recent violence is a response to the installation of metal detectors at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the shooting of two Israeli policemen. Read more.

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Holy Land friar from California shares his vocation story

2017-07-13T17:09:47+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Categories: News|

After spending almost 20 years as a friar in the Holy Land, Fr. Garrett Edmunds reflects on why he became a Franciscan, how he ended up in the Holy Land, and what he likes about working with pilgrims. “There is no other place in the world where the reality of the Incarnation is more alive than [...]

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