Marinella Bandini

Marinella Bandini

Born and raised in Italy, Marinella Bandini has been a professional journalist since 2008. She works for several news agencies and online newspapers in the Catholic space. Currently based in Jerusalem, she collaborates with the Custody of the Holy Land.

Articles by Marinella Bandini

New episode involving land dispute shakes Armenian community in Jerusalem again 

Apr 5, 2024 / 12:00 pm

According to a communique, on April 3 “an unlawful eviction was initiated by Israeli police on the grounds of the Cows’ Garden.”

‘The mother of all holy vigils’: Jerusalem basilica is first place to announce Easter

Mar 31, 2024 / 09:45 am

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, the church of the Lord’s resurrection, the Easter Vigil is held on Saturday morning instead of at night.

PHOTOS: Friars and faithful gather in Upper Room in Jerusalem to mark the Last Supper

Mar 28, 2024 / 17:15 pm

On Holy Thursday, the doors of the Cenacle in Jerusalem were opened to welcome the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land.

Holy Wednesday in Jerusalem: Venerating the pillar of Christ’s flagellation

Mar 27, 2024 / 15:00 pm

In Jerusalem, the friars of the Custody of the Holy Land venerate the two stones that, according to Luke’s Gospel, were stained with Jesus’ blood during his passion.

PHOTOS: As Catholics enter Holy Week, Orthodox churches begin Great Lent in Holy Land

Mar 26, 2024 / 17:00 pm

As the Catholic Church in the Holy Land entered Holy Week by literally retracing the steps of Jesus’ passion, the Orthodox Churches took their first steps into Lent.

PHOTOS: Palm Sunday procession in Holy Land celebrates ‘joy in being Christians’

Mar 25, 2024 / 14:30 pm

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, led the procession, which departed from Bethphage on the eastern side of the Mount of Olives.

What is the ‘Status Quo’ that governs some of Jerusalem’s holiest sites?

Mar 24, 2024 / 06:00 am

A decree going back to 1852 governs the possession and rights of use for Catholic and Orthodox Christian communities at important sanctuaries in the Holy Land.

Gaza teen waits to follow vocation: ‘My faith is flourishing amidst the challenges of war’

Mar 11, 2024 / 06:00 am

Suhail Shadi Abu Dawod was planning to join the Institute of the Incarnate Word (IVE) in Italy — then the Israel-Hamas war broke out.

This tailoring shop in Jordan helps Iraqi refugees knit their lives back together

Mar 3, 2024 / 07:00 am

Founded by Father Mario Cornioli, the shop called Rafedìn has been helping Iraqis rebuild their lives over the past eight years.

PHOTOS: 1,000 Christian youth walk the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem for peace

Feb 26, 2024 / 13:30 pm

“The Way of the Cross… A Way of Peace” was organized by the Custody of the Holy Land and involved 12 institutions.

These religious sisters are a ‘bridge’ between Israel and the Palestinian territories

Feb 17, 2024 / 06:00 am

“By placing ourselves in the middle, we listen to the injustice faced by the Palestinians and also to the fears of Israeli families,” said Sister Anna Maria Sgaramella.

Attack on priest in Jerusalem brings intolerance of Christians back into focus

Feb 8, 2024 / 07:00 am

Harassment of Christians in the Holy Land is not new. “Education is key,” says an expert on Jewish-Christian relations.

Living the religious life in the Holy Land: Two Americans share their stories

Feb 2, 2024 / 12:22 pm

On World Day for Consecrated Life, Father Peter Vasko and Sister Naomi Zimmermann — both Franciscans — are grateful for God’s call to the Holy Land.

Abbey in the Holy Land brings Christian students from different denominations together

Jan 26, 2024 / 17:30 pm

For 50 years, the Benedictine Dormition Abbey, which stands on Mount Zion, has hosted German-speaking students for an ecumenical theology program.

‘Ecumenical catechism’ for public schools in Holy Land a sign of Christian unity

Jan 24, 2024 / 14:00 pm

As the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began, Father Rafiq Khoury shared the story of the Christian textbook being used by schools of the Palestinian Authority.

Nuncio highlights Jordan’s unique role in Holy Land Church today

Jan 21, 2024 / 07:00 am

Bishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, who became the first resident nuncio to Jordan one year ago, says the Church there is “active” and “rich in vocations.”

Thousands gather at Jordan River with patriarch to mark baptism of Jesus

Jan 13, 2024 / 15:00 pm

For 24 years, the Catholic community in the region has made a pilgrimage, gathering around its patriarch, to celebrate the baptism of Jesus on Jan. 12.

Land dispute in Jerusalem threatens Armenian Christians, nonviolent group says

Jan 10, 2024 / 12:45 pm

In the last two months, members of the Armenian community have suffered attacks due to an ongoing conflict regarding a property contract.

The Magi reach Bethlehem, finding smaller crowd of faithful amid ongoing war

Jan 7, 2024 / 11:00 am

The Magi made their appearance for the recitation of the Second Vespers of the Epiphany, marking the conclusion of the solemnity.

The Church in the Holy Land rings in the new year with pleas for peace

Jan 1, 2024 / 11:15 am

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa challenged Christians of the Holy Land to “make a difference.”