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Michael Wolffsohn.

Attacks against Christians in Jerusalem ‘reprehensible,’ Jewish historian says

Feb 13, 2024

By AC Wimmer

“Especially in Jerusalem, orthodox activists consider themselves exemplary Jews when they spit on or even beat Christians or Muslims,” Michael... Read more

Father Nikodemus Schnabel, abbot of the Benedictine Basilica of the Dormition in Jerusalem, speaks during an ecumenical prayer service that took place at the Cenacle on Jan. 25, 2024.

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

Feb 8, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

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

The private garden of the Armenian patriarch of Jerusalem seen from above. The property is close to the Cows’ Garden and it is one of those threatened by the lease deal between the Armenian Patriarchate and the real estate company Xana Gardens.

Land dispute in Jerusalem threatens Armenian Christians, nonviolent group says

Jan 10, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

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

On Dec. 21, 2023, leaders of the three communities responsible for the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher took part in a meeting for the presentation of the work in progress in the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in 2023. From left to right: Father Francesco Patton, custos of the Holy Land; H. B. Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem; and H. B. Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Experts announce latest in restoration work on Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher 

Dec 22, 2023

By Marinella Bandini

New updates on the ongoing work at one of the holiest sites in Jerusalem were presented recently to leaders of... Read more

Father Francesco Patton, Custos of the Holy Land, presides over the solemn Mass for the 1st Sunday of Advent, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2023.

Custos of Holy Land discusses the vocation of Christians in the region today

Dec 17, 2023

By Marinella Bandini

Speaking on Advent, Christmas, hope, and faith, Father Francesco Patton reflected on the meaning of the season for Christians who... Read more

The lighting of the first Hanukkah candle during the interfaith event organized by the Kehilat Zion on the first night of Hanukkah on Dec. 7, 2023, in Jerusalem.

PHOTOS: Hanukkah events in Jerusalem focus on finding light, hope, and faith in dark times

Dec 14, 2023

By Marinella Bandini

On Dec. 7 and 12, Hanukkah events in Jerusalem brought together Jews, Christians, and representatives of other faiths to celebrate... Read more

At the end of the Mass of consecration on Nov. 1, 2023, María Ruiz Rodríguez shows the ring symbolizing her membership in the Ordo Virginum. That's the only outward sign of her consecration.

Church in Jerusalem welcomes new consecrated member

Nov 12, 2023

By Marinella Bandini

María Ruiz Rodríguez made her consecration in the Ordo Virginum on Nov. 1, permanently rooting herself in the local ecclesiastical... Read more

Friars walking along the Via Dolorosa on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. After two weeks, the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land returned to pray the Way of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem.

Franciscan friar’s ‘Way of the Cross’ resumes on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem

Oct 30, 2023

By Marinella Bandini

The Franciscans returned to pray along on the Via Dolorosa after holding the Way of the Cross in the church... Read more

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, patriarch of Jerusalem.

In letter to diocese, Patriarch Pizzaballa urges: ‘It is time to stop this war’

Oct 24, 2023

By CNA Staff

“It will not solve any problem, but rather create new ones,” Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa said of the deadly conflict. Read more

The Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem arrive at a press conference, Oct 18, 2023. The Anglican bishop Hosam Naum is followed by Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, and Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox patriarch of Jerusalem.

Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem hold press conference after Gaza hospital explosion

Oct 18, 2023

By Marinella Bandini

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, religious leaders spoke to the press about the explosion at the Anglican hospital “Al Ahli” in... Read more

A house is completely destroyed after being burned by Hamas militants during the attack at Kibbutz Be'eri, near the border with Gaza on Oct. 11, 2023, in Be'eri, Israel.

Caritas Jerusalem suspends activities in Gaza and Israel but announces emergency plan

Oct 11, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

Caritas Jerusalem, which serves the needs of people in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem, reported that some of... Read more

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks on the red carpet at the premiere of the film "Route 60: The Biblical Highway" on Sept. 12, 2023.

New movie explores Christian and Jewish perspectives of the Holy Land’s history

Sep 15, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The new documentary “Route 60: The Biblical Highway” might be a “road trip” film, but the setting and the characters... Read more

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Church leaders in Jerusalem call for enhanced security during Holy Week

Apr 3, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Some churches, funeral processions, and public gathering venues have become “targets of attack,” lamented the group of Catholic, Orthodox, and... Read more

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Catholics urged to be generous to Good Friday collection to benefit the Holy Land

Mar 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Archbishop Claudio Gugerotti, prefect of the Dicastery for the Eastern Churches, invited Catholics to a donate as an act of... Read more

Dome of the Rock with Christian church in foreground in Jerusalem.

Pope Francis underlines ‘universal value’ of Jerusalem in speech to Palestinians

Mar 9, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The theme of the meeting of the Joint Working Group for Dialogue was the spiritual significance of Jerusalem for Jews,... Read more

Pope Francis prayed for peace in the Holy Land at the end of his Angelus address on Jan. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis expresses sorrow over ‘spiral of death’ in the Holy Land

Jan 29, 2023

By Courtney Mares

In his Sunday Angelus address, the pope expressed “great sorrow” for the death of Palestinians killed in an Israeli military... Read more

The blind man from birth washes his eyes in the Pool of Siloam

Excavation site of Pool of Siloam where Jesus cured a blind man to open to public

Jan 7, 2023

By CNA Staff

According to the Old Testament, the Pool of Siloam was built during the reign of King Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:20). Read more

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This Santa rides a camel around Jerusalem every year. Here’s why

Dec 23, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus, ACI MENA

Every year on the feast of St. Nicholas, Issa Anis Kassisieh dons a red suit, black boots, and a thick... Read more

Carlota Valenzuela.

This Catholic is trekking 4,000 miles across Europe to Jerusalem

May 27, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Carlota Valenzuela began the epic foot pilgrimage in January. Read more

Violence erupts between Israeli security forces and Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of slain Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh out of a hospital, before being transported to a church and then her resting place, in Jerusalem, on May 13, 2022.

Christian leaders condemn Israeli police violence at Palestinian journalist's funeral

May 16, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Christian leaders of the Holy Land on Monday condemned recent violence at the funeral of Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh,... Read more