Franciscan Father Francesco Patton, custos of the Holy Land, asked Catholics around the world to make a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land and make a real donation to support the church in the region.
Amid continuing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, Catholic pilgrims in the Holy Land said they were being cautious but had no regrets about continuing with their pilgrimage.
Staten Island state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who was the GOP’s mayoral candidate in 2017, spoke out against persecution against Christians in the Middle East after she returned from a trip to the Holy Land and learned about the situation there firsthand.
At this very moment, I am penning this article from the city of Jerusalem. I, along with two other priests, and 40 pilgrims from the Diocese of Brooklyn are walking in the footsteps of our Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ through the cities of Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem.
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, It is my pleasure to provide you with a report on our diocesan pilgrimage during the Year of Mercy to Assisi, Rome and the Holy Land, including Galilee and Jerusalem. The itinerary was a wonderful one to celebrate the Year of Mercy because all of the sites we visited did give the pilgrims insight into the mercy of God.
When he was a child, Bassem Hazboun loved helping his mother prepare French delicacies in their Bethlehem, West Bank, kitchen. Today Chef Hazboun, 39, is the head of the culinary arts program at Dar al-Kalima University’s College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, which helps youth in the Holy Land hone skills in arts and culture.
It’s quiet and dark in the cavernous gallery above Jesus’ burial place. Raed Khalil and his team of trained restorers have been methodically cleaning off centuries of soot and dirt from 39 ancient mosaics and two carved marble pieces.
This week’s Tablet TALK features a tribute to saints of Catholic education, Year of Mercy opportunities, Black History Month events and much more.
Thirty-nine parishioners from St. Joan of Arc, Jackson Heights, visited the Holy Land last autumn. Over 10 days, pilgrims visited various cities and sites.
Though the Christmas tree was lit in Bethlehem’s Nativity Square, few tourists are visiting the holy sites – or souvenir shops – this Christmas season because of the recent violence between Israelis and Palestinians.