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Ambassador: diversity of papal delegation speaks of dialogue

May 21, 2014 - 10:36 am .- In comments made to CNA, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See noted that the presence of both a rabbi and a Muslim in the Pope’s delegation to the Holy Land is a milestone in interreligious relations.

Seminarians in the Holy Land anticipate Pope's visit

May 21, 2014 - 12:07 am .- As the Holy Land prepares for the visit of Pope Francis, Catholic seminarians are praying for the visit's success and preparing with great anticipation to assist in a papal Mass.

Venezuelan wins trip to Holy Land for Pope's visit

May 16, 2014 - 01:28 pm .- A 22-year-old Venezuelan man has won a contest held by Israel’s Ministry of Tourism to travel to the Holy Land for Pope Francis’ historic visit May 24-26.

Pope's trip to Holy Land a historic milestone, ambassador says

May 13, 2014 - 05:12 am .- During a press briefing on Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See explained that the visit marks an important historical moment both spiritually and politically.

New prayer released for Pope's Holy Land pilgrimage

May 7, 2014 - 04:49 am .- The priest who is organizing Pope Francis’ upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land has written a special prayer for the occasion with the aim of allowing the world to participate.

Schedule for Pope’s Holy Land visit released

Mar 27, 2014 - 08:41 am .- The Holy See has officially published the itinerary for Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the Holy Land, during which he is slated to travel to Jordan, the State of Palestine, and Israel.

Argentine rabbi: Pope's visit to Holy Land could foster peace

Jan 16, 2014 - 04:05 pm .- Rabbi Abraham Skorka, rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary, believes that Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the Holy Land is a chance to bring a message of peace to the world.

Pope Francis announces pilgrimage to Holy Land

Jan 5, 2014 - 09:47 am .- Pope Francis has announced that he will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this coming May to mark a key moment in Catholic and Orthodox Christian relations.

Vatican unveils plans for International Family Center in Nazareth

Apr 16, 2013 - 10:54 am .- The Vatican is moving ahead with plans to build the International Family Center in Nazareth, a complex that will include a church, meeting spaces, a hotel for visitors and play areas for children, all as part of an effort to build up the family in the Holy Land.

Holy See welcomes UN recognition of Palestine

Nov 30, 2012 - 10:52 am .- The Vatican "welcomed with favor" the U.N.'s vote to allow Palestine to become a non-member Observer State, and pressed for a permanent two-state solution.

Advent calendar to promote work of Bethlehem hospital

Nov 29, 2012 - 04:19 am .- Supporters of Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem will launch an internet Advent calendar to help the world learn more about the patients and staff at the maternity hospital located only 500 yards from what is traditionally considered the birthplace of Jesus.

Anti-Christian graffiti hits Franciscan convent in Jerusalem

Oct 2, 2012 - 04:35 pm .- Vandals sprayed graffiti insulting to Jesus on the walls of a Franciscan convent on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, echoing a similar attack last month and drawing renewed condemnation from Catholic leaders.

Vandals hit Catholic monastery in Holy Land with fire and graffiti

Sep 5, 2012 - 03:44 pm .- Vandals set fire to the door of the Latroun Monastery near Jerusalem on the morning of Sept. 4 and spray painted the walls with blasphemous phrases in Hebrew.

Gold coins from the Crusades found in Israel

Jul 16, 2012 - 04:08 pm .- Israeli archeologists have found more than one hundred gold coins from the time of the Crusades, when conflict arose between Muslims and Christians over control of the Holy Land.

Holy See-Israel talks make 'significant' progress

Jun 12, 2012 - 04:38 pm .- An agreement securing the rights of the Catholic Church in Israel is one step closer to being finalized after a meeting between both sides at the Vatican.

New cloister for Benedictine monks dedicated in Holy Land

May 24, 2012 - 02:23 am .- High-ranking Catholic churchmen dedicated a new cloister on May 17 at a Benedictine monastery built at the site where Jesus miraculously multiplied loaves and fishes.

Gospel Trail springs to life in the Holy Land

Mar 3, 2012 - 04:09 pm .- A new project launched by Jews and Christians in the Holy Land offers pilgrims the chance to walk the land of the Bible in the footsteps of Jesus and experience the places where he lived and ministered.

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