News from the Holy Land

Capernaum's Byzantine mosaic: brought back to life through a faithful reproduction

October 2014

On Saturday 11th October, friars and pilgrims descended on Capernaum for the annual blessing of first fruits. It was a day of celebration for a number of reasons: a reconstruction [...]

Preserving and transmitting a history of dialogue: successful exhibition of manuscripts at the Library of the Custody

October 2014

The exhibition MFH Manuscripta Franciscana Hierosolymitana took place on Thursday, October 23th at the Library of the Custody of St. Saviour’s Monastery. The program: blessing of the new stained [...]

Sabastiya: inauguration of the new guesthouse, under the sustainable tourism

October 2014

A small town in the middle of the Promised Land, the setting for many of the episodes recounted in the Old Testament: this is Sabastiya, the ancient Samaria, the capital [...]

Inauguration of the new Monastery of St. Francis ad Coenaculum

October 2014

The renovation project, which started in March 2012, has been carried out for more than two years by workers from the Custody's Technical office as part of the project “Jerusalem, [...]

Books, Bridges of Peace presents: “MFH Manuscripta Franciscana Hierosolymitana. Selected Exhibition”

October 2014

On 23 October at 09:oo am, in the presence of the Custos of the Holy Land, the Very Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the inauguration of “MFH Manuscripta Franciscana Hierosolymitana. Selected Exhibition” [...]

Syria: fr. Hanna Jallouf released

October 2014

On Oct. 10th the Franciscan has been brought back to the convent of Knayeh and he is doing well. The pastor of the Latin Church in a village in [...]

The musicians of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia play for the Holy Land: Ruggiero, a violinist for the Accademia, recounts how the idea was born

October 2014

“My name is Ruggiero and I am a violinist, a member of the orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. I have recently returned with a group of ten [...]

Syria: parish priest fr Hanna and 20 Christians abducted

October 2014

On the night of 5 October a number of rebels linked to Al-Nusra Jahbat entered the Convent of St. Joseph in Knayeh, near the Turkish border, and kidnapped the Franciscan [...]

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