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Franciscans in the Via Dolorosa

Franciscan friars pray along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem's Old City during a Good Friday procession

Pope Francis marks 800 years of Franciscans in Holy Land

17/10/2017 12:28

Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land marking the 800th anniversary of their presence as guardians of the holy sites in modern day Israel and Palestine

Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem's Old City

Palestinian Muslims pray, as Israeli soldiers look on, at the entrance to the Temple Mount complex in Jerusalem's Old City

Christian leaders condemn violence at Jerusalem's Temple Mount

20/07/2017 17:51

In a joint statement, leaders of all the Christian Churches in Jerusalem have condemned the recent escalation of violence at the Temple Mount, or Haram ash-Sharif, a site sacred to Christians, Muslims and Jews

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, leads Midnight Mass at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

Card. Sandri on Good Friday collection for the Holy Land

03/04/2017 14:54

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches has called on Catholics around the world to give generously to the Good Friday collection that traditionally goes to support the Church in the Holy Land


Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre

Representatives of the different Christian Churches take part in the rededication of the newly retored 'Edicule' inside Jerusalem's Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre on March 22nd 2017

Growing cooperation among Christian Churches in Jerusalem

27/03/2017 15:57

Ecumenical expert, Fr Frans Bowen, M.Afr, explains why the recent restoration of the ‘Edicule’, or chapel surrounding Jesus’ tomb in Jerusalem’s Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, is a sign of the growing cooperation among the different Christian Churches in the Holy Land

Tantur: Hilltop oasis of hospitality

The gardens at Tantur, a hilltop oasis of hospitality on the road between Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Tantur: Oasis of interfaith hospitality in the Holy Land

21/03/2017 09:31

Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem this year marks the 50th anniversary of its establishment in the wake of Pope Paul VI’s historic visit to the Holy Land. Philippa Hitchen is visiting Tantur this week to report on its achievements and its future vision.

Artist Ian Knowles with the icon at All Saints

Artist Ian Knowles, director of the Bethlehem Icon Centre, with the image of Christ the Saviour which will be blessed by Pope Francis at All Saints Anglican Church on Sunday February 26th

Pope to bless Bethlehem icon at All Saints Anglican Church

24/02/2017 17:22

The blessing of a newly commissioned icon of Christ the Saviour, the work of an English artist in Bethlehem, sets the stage for Pope Francis’ historic visit to the Anglican Church of All Saints on Sunday