BENEDICT XVI AND THE HOLY LAND
Let us recall some stages of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land
God of all the ages, on my visit to Jerusalem, the “City of Peace”, spiritual home to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, I bring before you the joys, the hopes and the aspirations, the trials, the suffering and the pain of all your people throughout the world.
(Benedict XVI, prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem)
“Here, on the heights of Mount Nebo, the memory of Moses invites us to ‘lift up our eyes’ to embrace with gratitude not only the marvelous works of God in the past, but also to look with faith and hope to
the future that he has in store for the whole world.”
“Reflecting on this joyful mystery gives us hope, the sure hope that God will continue to lead our history, to act with creative power to achieve goals that seem impossible to human calculation.”
“Here in Bethlehem, in the midst of every kind of contradiction, the stones continue to cry out this ‘Good News’, the message of redemption that this city, above all others, is called to proclaim to the whole world.
Here, in fact, in a way that surpasses all human hopes and expectations, God has shown himself faithful to his promises”.
“Here the history of humanity was definitively changed. The long dominion of sin and death was destroyed by the triumph of obedience and life. God’s judgment was pronounced on this world. Here Christ, the new Adam, taught us that evil never has the last word, that love is stronger than death, that our future and that of humanity is in the hands of a provident and faithful God”.
IN MEMORY OF BENEDICT XVI
Let us remember Benedict XVI together
Pro Terra Sancta proposes a fundraiser in memory of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to be allocated to the Convent of the Flagellation in Jerusalem, where Christian tradition places two moments of the passion of Jesus: the flagellation and the condemnation to death. In addition to the two sanctuaries, the Terra Sancta Museum and the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum are annexed to this complex, fundamental places for the study of archeology, history and the Holy Scriptures.
It is a concrete action to remember him and carry out his mandate through the custody of the place, the historical and physical memory of Jesus’ life on earth ant to help priests and students from all over the world, who study the Sacred Scriptures at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum. These scholars are the “living stones” who will go on the streets of the world to teach, deepen and spread the “living word” of the Holy Scriptures.
Here’s what we’d like to do:
PRESERVING THE HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL HERITAGE
The place of the Flagellation of Jesus
The Sanctuaries and the Terra Sancta Museum
Christian tradition places here two moments of Jesus’ passion: the scourging and the condemnation to death. In the floor of the church of the Condemnation are preserved some stones of the Litòstroto, the Roman floor of the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death. From here begins the Via Dolorosa. The same complex also includes the multimedia and archaeological sections of the Terra Sancta Museum where artifacts and objects from various eras that have been found over the centuries by the Franciscans are preserved.
Support for priests and students of the SBF
Studium Biblicum Franciscanum
The Studium Biblicum Franciscanum (SBF) is a scientific institution for research and academic teaching of Sacred Scripture and archaeology of biblical countries. The institution aims to preserve the historical, cultural and religious heritage of the Holy Land and promote well-being, reconciliation and peace among populations through the training of priests and students from all over the world. It is a service done to the Church, to many Churches, which often do not have the opportunity to support their students in their studies. That is why it is important to support them.
DONATION IN MEMORY OF BENEDICT XVI
We remember his mandate in the Holy Land
Take part in the fundraiser in memory of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to be allocated to the Convent of the Flagellation in Jerusalem!