Franciscan Friars celebrated the holy day with joy at the church of St. Anne in Jerusalem. The Missionary Fathers of Africa have guarded the holy site, said to be where Saints Anne and Joachim lived, since the late 19th century and welcomed the Franciscans. Read more.
Hooked on the Holy Land, some people spend their free time and Summer vacations serving the Custody in the Holy Land. A trio of pilgrims turned lay guardians share their unique stories. Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The solemn entry of the Custos of the Holy Land, Father Francesco Patton, was joyfully followed by the people of Bethlehem, who also celebrated the Patron Saint, Saint Catherine of Alexandria. On the Saturday preceding the first Sunday of Advent, the city of Bethlehem celebrated and welcomed the Custos of the Holy Land, Father Francesco Patton. [...]
Different areas of the Holy Land were affected by several fires last week. The most serious fires forced the evacuation of at least 60,000 citizens in Haifa. Last week several fires hit the Holy Land. It is estimated that more than 1,100 hectares of forest burned in about 630 different locations. More severe episodes occurred in [...]
The Senior Center in Beit Sahour cares for dozens of elderly people by involving them in various activities and programs to make them feel a little less alone. A day care center where to spend time, get together and feel less alone. This center is located in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem: the elderly can benefit from [...]