In the Holy Land, preparation has begun for Pope Francis’ pilgrimage, scheduled for the month of May. Continue reading Work Committees for the Pope’s Visit
Pope Francis explicitly said that his purpose in coming to the Holy Land is: “to commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, which occurred exactly 50 years ago”. Continue reading 50 years since the visit of Pope Paul VI
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
Pope Francis will be the fourth pope to come to the Holy Land in modern times when he visits from May 24 to 26, 2014. Tradition names Saint Peter as the first Pope and he was from the Holy Land. Continue reading Popes in 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
There are thirteen traditional Churches that are recognized by the civil authorities. They differ in traditions and rites. Continue reading The Churches 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?
Patriarch Bartholomew I was born as Bartolomeo Dimitrios Arhondonis on February 29, 1940. Since 1991, he has served as Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, and is known as “first among equals” in the Eastern Orthodox Communion.
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?