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Palestinians stand on the rubble and debris of the Latin Patriarchate Holy Family School after it was hit during an alleged Israeli military bombardment in Gaza City on July 7, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict in the Palestinian territory between Israel and Hamas.

Latin Patriarchate condemns reported raid by Israeli forces on Gaza Catholic school

Jul 8, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The patriarchate said in a Sunday press release that it was “monitoring, with grave concern, the news of the raids,... Read more

A view of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher during the Easter Vigil, which was celebrated on the morning of Saturday, March 30, 2024.

Churches in Holy Land denounce ‘coordinated attack’ against Christians by Israeli authorities

Jun 29, 2024

By Diego López Marina

The church leaders accuse local authorities of launching a “coordinated attack” against the Christian presence in the Holy Land. Read more

The entrance of Jaffa Gate (interior), one of the main access points to the Old City of Jerusalem, was almost empty around noon on Friday, May 24. According to data from the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, just over 80,000 people entered the country in April 2024, a decrease of 77 percent compared to April 2023. The same decrease was recorded for the first quarter of 2024.

Where are all the pilgrims? The current state of religious tourism in the Holy Land

Jun 4, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

During the month of May in Jerusalem, the major holidays of the three major religions passed with an almost total... Read more

Israel Antiquities Authority excavation in Rahat (aerial view), May 2024.

Archaeological discovery sheds light on Christian pilgrimages to Holy Land 1,500 years ago

May 23, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have discovered a Byzantine-period church in the northern Negev desert with wall art displaying... Read more

An external view of the Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem during the procession of the Franciscan friars after the first vespers of the Ascension solemnity on May 8, 2024. The procession circled the chapel three times.

PHOTOS: Catholics gather at site of Jesus’ ascension in Jerusalem

May 9, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

“I’m excited to have come to pray in the actual place of the Ascension... I want to be closer to... Read more