Ancient books and manuscripts telling of St. Francis of Assisi go on display to commentate 800 years of Franciscans in the Holy Land. Read more...
Credit: Debbie Hill/CNS. A Polish friar reflects on the special peace found at the Church of the Visitation, where he is superior. He says friars there have started working on the gardens there to provide a place for outdoor prayer and reflection. Read more.
CNS photo/Amir Cohen, Reuters. Christians, including the Franciscan Custos, urge peace as Christians living in the Holy Land grapple with religious liberty, instability in the region, and the vandalism of holy places. Read More.
Deacons in seminary get an opportunity to usher in the New Year in the Holy Land during a special pilgrimage guided by Fr. James Gardiner, SA. Read more.
Pope Francis praises Franciscans for their vital contribution to life in the Holy Land in special letter marking the 800th anniversary of the Franciscans’ guarding and preserving Holy Land sites. Read more.
Franciscans continue anniversary celebration of 800 years in the Holy Land with a special conference in Jerusalem this week, featuring prominent Catholic speakers and guests. Read More.
Young, enthusiastic Brazilian priest makes final vows as a Holy Land Franciscan. Fr. Clovis Bettinelli encouraged young people, saying a call to the Holy Land is a beautiful mission. "It is a vocation that requires young people who wish to come here to have radical spirit." Read more.
The Bethlehem Boys Home run by the Holy Land Franciscans celebrates 10 years of helping boys in need. The school has served as an after-school program, and even as a main home, for over 80 young people in that time. Read more.
Franciscans in Egypt kicked off events that mark 800 years since St. Francis’ visit to the Sultan there in 1219. Worldwide celebrations of the 800th anniversary of Franciscans in the Holy Land are now underway. Read more...
Franciscans lead pilgrims and Holy Land residents in venerating the “true cross” as they celebrated the Exhaltation of the Cross. Fr. Dobromir Jazstal offered the cross as a “hope for those who felt the weight of the world on their shoulders." Read more.