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The remains of St. Mary's Syrian Orthodox church in Homs, Syria.

Good Friday collection will aid Christians in Middle East

Mar 12, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the Vatican’s annual Good Friday Collection approaches, the head of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches has encouraged people... Read more


Catholic schools in US, Holy Land create pen-pal program

Mar 8, 2018

As a sign of solidarity with Catholics in the Middle East, the National Council of Catholic Women has set up... Read more

Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre to re-open after taxing dispute

Feb 27, 2018

Christian leaders are re-opening the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the city backtracked on proposals seen as... Read more

Holy Land pilgrimages on the rise, despite political tensions

Feb 7, 2018

By Perry West

While the transition of the American embassy to Jerusalem has exacerbated regional tension in recent months, the number of Christian... Read more

The view of the West Bank and Israel from Mount Nebo.

The Memorial of Moses reopens, where he viewed the Promised Land

Oct 18, 2016

By Hannah Brockhaus

After 10 years of renovations the Memorial Sanctuary of Moses on Mount Nebo has reopened, highlighting the importance of sacred... Read more

Tower of David.

Possible site of Jesus' trial uncovered in the Holy Land

Jan 5, 2015

Archeologists believe they may have discovered the place where Jesus’ trial before Pontius Pilate took place in Jerusalem.  Read more

Boys play soccer on a basketball court in Jerusalem.

For Holy Land youth, sports center to be ground for dialogue, peace

Dec 4, 2014

Franciscans in the Holy Land have launched a new project to bring together young people from different cultural and religious... Read more

Israeli emergency personnel remove body of an Israeli man killed in a synagogue in Jerusalem on Nov. 18, 2014.

Jerusalem victims had a name, a family, a story, priest recalls

Nov 19, 2014

By Elise Harris, Kevin J. Jones

For one Jerusalem priest, the “horrific” killings at a Jerusalem synagogue show the need to humanize the victims of violence,... Read more

(L-R) Orthodox Archbishop Alexios, Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, and Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco view the Orthodox cemetery Nov. 4, 2014, that was hit by Israeli rockets.

How can you support Christians in the Holy Land? Go there.

Nov 16, 2014

If you’re looking for a way to support Christians in the Holy Land, consider making a pilgrimage, advises an Italian... Read more

Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Courtesy Israel Ministry of Tourism.

US bishop: Political will lacking, but Holy Land wants peace

Oct 1, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Christians and Muslims are coexisting peacefully in Israel and Palestine, but the political will for peace is not yet there,... Read more

Bishops from the U.S. make a pilgrimage to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sept. 11, 2014.

Bishops find hope for religious dialogue at Palestinian university

Sep 28, 2014

By Matt Hadro

Reflecting on their recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, U.S. bishops have cited relationships there between Christian and Muslim students... Read more

Cross atop the seminary in Beit Jala, Palestine.

'Peace is possible,' say US bishops returning from Palestine, Israel

Sep 24, 2014

Stressing the importance of prayer, a delegation of U.S. bishops returning from a peace-focused pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel said... Read more

Indian Chaplaincy procession on feast of Nativity of Mary.

Indian migrants in Holy Land unite to celebrate Marian feast

Sep 24, 2014

Thousands of Indian migrants and other pilgrims in the Holy Land celebrated a special Marian feast day with displays of... Read more

Pilgrims gathered for a Marian procession with the Indian Chaplaincy in the Holy Land.

Indians in Holy Land eager to celebrate Nativity of Mary

Sep 3, 2014

Spiritual preparations for the Nativity of Mary blending culture and faith are underway in the Holy Land, where the Indian... Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea, August 14, 2014.

En route to Korea, Pope prays for journalists killed in Gaza

Aug 13, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones, Alan Holdren

Aboard the papal flight to South Korea today, Pope Francis led an impromptu moment of silence to pray for a... Read more

Votive candles in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel.

Franciscans determined to keep Christianity in Holy Land

Aug 13, 2014

Despite the stresses of alternating violence and ceasefires between Hamas and Israel, Franciscans in the Holy Land are committed to... Read more

An Israeli tank moves positions near the Israeli-Gaza border the morning of July 18, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. Late last night Israel sent troops into Gaza.

Despite Gaza violence, Catholic relief agency works for peace

Jul 18, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Though fighting has escalated between Israel and Palestinian militants based in the Gaza Strip, a Catholic Relief Services spokeswoman has... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 2, 2013.

Pope Francis prays for peace during Angelus

Jul 13, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following his reflections on the Sunday’s Gospel parable of the sower and the seed, Pope Francis called for peace in... Read more

(L-R) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Invocation for Peace in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

Vatican prayer meeting brings hope for Holy Land peace

Jun 10, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Pope Francis’ recent prayer meeting with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents is a call for peace in the region that... Read more

(L-R) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Invocation for Peace in the Vatican Gardens June 8.

Pope prays for peace with Israeli and Palestinian presidents

Jun 8, 2014

Pope Francis welcomed the presidents of Israel and Palestine to the Vatican on Sunday evening for an unprecedented meeting of... Read more