Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Catholic Archbishop of Louisville and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Continue reading Archbishop Kurtz explains importance of Pope-Patriarch meeting
The Eastern Catholic Patriarchs will accompany Pope Francis during his pilgrimage in the Holy Land, from May 24 to 26, 2014. These are the Patriarchs of the Greek, Maronite, Chaldean, Syrian, Coptic and Armenian rites. Four of the Patriarchs are expected to be with the Pope throughout his pilgrimage (Maronite, Chaldean, Syrian and Coptic) and the other two will accompany the Holy Father on part of the pilgrimage.
As was the case with the previous papal pilgrimages, the Oriental Catholic Patriarchs (Greek Catholic, Maronite, Chaldean, Syrian, Coptic and Armenian) will be with the Pope during all or part of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Continue reading Oriental Catholic Patriarchs will be with Pope on his pilgrimage
In a book interview, entitled “Jerusalem, Capital of Humanity,” edited in Italian by La Scuola publishers and edited by Nicola Scopelliti, His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal, with great sincerity, presents a panorama of history and current events. Continue reading Book interview with Patriarch Fouad Twal
The internet site of the magazine “Holy Land” of the Franciscan Custody recently put on line three articles about the work of the Church in Jordan, specifically that of Caritas Jordan, working with the refugees, particularly those from Syria.
Archbishop Maroun Lahham responded in an interview to questions about his Church in Jordan.
Read: “Caritas Asks for Pope to Console the Suffering in Jordan” here
Read: “The Jordanian Caritas for Syrian Refugees” here
Read: “In Jordan There Is a Lively Church Made Up of Solid Families” here
Throughout the Holy Land, different charitable and humanitarian organizations help the mission pursued by the Church in the region. Continue reading Catholic welfare organizations in the Holy Land
The Catholic Church in the Holy Land is blessed with the presence of many religious orders and congregations that have come to the Mother Church of Jerusalem in order to bear witness and serve. Theirs is an apostolate of prayer, witness, charity, education and companionship.
The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land is the largest community of religious in the Holy Land, maintaining 31 convents. The Franciscan Province of the Holy Land was created in 1217. Franciscan friars are custodians in most of the Holy Places and also form an important part of the clergy serving in the parishes and schools of the Latin Church. They also have important institutions of formation.
The Carmelites, deeply linked to the figure of Elijah the Prophet, established themselves on Mount Carmel and the city of Haifa from the year 1631.
There are 30 other religious orders and congregations of men maintaining convents, monasteries, schools, hospitals, academic institutions and social programs. Among the most numerous are the Salesians of Don Bosco, the Monks of Bethlehem, the De La Salle Brothers, the Benedictines, the Dominicans, the Cistercian monks, the Incarnate Word Missionaries and the Missionaries of Africa. Three of the congregations are oriental rite (one Greek Catholic and two Maronite).
There are 73 women religious orders and congregations in the Holy Land.
The largest is the Congregation of the Rosary Sisters, founded in 1880 by a Christian Palestinian from Jerusalem, Blessed Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas. This congregation runs many schools and other institutions and the Sisters serve in many of the Latin parishes.
The first congregation of women to arrive in the Holy Land, in 1848, was the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition, serving in schools, hospitals, parishes and a retreat house in the diocese.
Among the other congregations there are: Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Teaching Sisters of Saint Dorothy, Nuns of Bethlehem and of the Assumption of the Virgin and of Saint Bruno, Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, Benedictines, Religious of Nazareth, Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, Carmelites, Little Sisters of Jesus, Salesian Sisters, Sisters of Saint Elizabeth, Comboni Sisters, Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa, Sisters of Saint Bridget, Daughters of Saint Anne, Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara, Franciscans of the Sacred Heart, and Adorers of Most Holy Sacrament. Eight of the congregations are Eastern rite.
In addition to these orders and congregations, there are 20 institutes of consecrated life in the Holy Land.
The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land brings together all the heads of the Catholic Church in four countries: Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Cyprus. The Assembly is headed by the president, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal. The Assembly also invites the Papal Nuncios to attend the Assembly meetings. Continue reading Heads of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land
There are 13 official Churches in the Holy Land that meet together regularly in order to coordinate their efforts in favor of the Christians of the Holy Land. Continue reading Heads of Churches in the Holy Land
The Franciscan Media Centre and Cancao Nova in collaboration with the “Extraordinary Prayer for all Churches for Reconciliation, Unity and Peace beginning in and proceeding from Jerusalem” have produced magnificent video films (30 minutes each) which provide an informative and beautifully illustrated introduction to some of the significant Churches in the Holy Land. Continue reading Get to Know the Churches of the Holy Land – video presentations