Holy Land Franciscans join representatives of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths at international conference in Italy to promote peace, brotherhood, and interfaith dialogue. Read More.
After it's recent opening and restoration, new samples of the tomb of Jesus tested by scientists reveal new information about it's age. Read More. (Credit: Oded Balilty/ National Geographic via CNS.)
During Washington, DC visit, Franciscan Custos says the restoration of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre required cooperation and contributed to breaking down walls between Catholics, Greek Orthodox and Armenians. (Photo Credit: Tyler Orsburn/CNS.)
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.