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50 years since the meeting of Pope Paul VI and Patriarchs Athenagoras and Benedictos

The most significant meeting that was held by Pope Paul VI during his 1964 visit to the Holy Land was with Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras (the most prominent of the spiritual leaders of the Greek Orthodox Church) and Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Benedictos. Continue reading 50 years since the meeting of Pope Paul VI and Patriarchs Athenagoras and Benedictos

The Christians of the Holy Land

Christians in the Holy Land constitute a mosaic of communities. Firstly, there is a great diversity of Christian confessions. Byzantine (or Greek) Orthodox and Catholic (who together make up the vast majority of Christians in the Holy Land), Roman (or Latin) Catholic, Maronites, Armenians, Syrian Orthodox and Catholic, Copts, Ethiopians, Anglicans, Lutherans and a plethora of Evangelical groups. Continue reading The Christians of the Holy Land

The Holy Land – what are the borders of the Holy Land?

The term “Holy Land” is based upon the Bible (cf. Zachariah 2:16). It refers to the land in which God revealed himself to the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), prophets and holy men and women in the history of the children of Israel and the early Church. The Holy Land is the land in which Jesus Christ was born, lived, died and rose from the dead. It is the land in which the Church was born and from which the Gospel began to preached. Continue reading The Holy Land – what are the borders of the Holy Land?

Why is he coming to the Holy Land?

Pope Francis made the announcement that he would visit the Holy Land on January 5, 2014. In the announcement, he said: “In the joyful atmosphere, typical of this Christmas season, I wish to announce that next May 24 to 26, God willing, I will be making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The main purpose is to commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, which occurred exactly 50 years ago today, on January 5.” Continue reading Why is he coming to the Holy Land?