Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land

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Pope Francis met a delegation affiliated with the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land on Jan. 17, 2022.

Pope Francis: The story of the Holy Land is the 'Fifth Gospel'

Jan 17, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has urged journalists in the Middle East to keep telling stories from the Holy Land. Read more

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox monastery on the Jordan River in the West Bank. Credit: Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida (CC BY 2.0)

Franciscan friars return to site of Christ's baptism after 50 years

Jan 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

For the first time in over 54 years, the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land were able... Read more

Crucifix inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Good Friday Holy Land collection moved to September due to coronavirus

Apr 2, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Lenten Holy Land collection will be moved to September this year because of the suspension of public Masses in... Read more

Photo courtesy of the Franciscan Care Center in Aleppo.

How Franciscans in Syria are helping kids heal from war trauma

Mar 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

As a wartime missionary priest in Aleppo, Fr. Firas Lufti witnessed the trauma endured by a generation of Syrian children... Read more

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

What a vocation to be a Holy Land Franciscan looks like

Sep 10, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

A religious vocation to serve in the Holy Land is demanding, but there is nothing like walking where Christ walked... Read more