Holy Land

Pope meets Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem

Pope Francis met on Monday with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, calling for an end to violence and discrimination against people of different faiths in the Holy Land. The Orthodox leader is visiting Rome from October 22nd to 25th, meeting with top Vatican officials. During the audience, Pope Francis recalled his own journey to Jerusalem [...]

Vatican Watch – August/September 2014

May - Saturday 24 Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras. Pope Francis’ to the Western Wall. Pope arrives in Holy Land Pope Francis began a densely packed visit to the Holy Land with a [...]

Pope Francis leads the way for Israel and Palestine

Pope Francis tells presidents that "only God can bring peace to the Holy Land". Praying for peace in the Holy Land alongside leaders of long-antagonistic nations, Pope Francis called on God to act where human efforts had failed, to end what he described as violence inspired by the devil. “More than once we have [...]

Vatican Watch – June/July

MAY Thursday 1 New commission on abuse prevention A new papal commission for protecting minors from sexual abuse met today for the first time to discuss its mandate and expand input from more countries. Pope Francis established the “Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors” in December. The commission’s May 1-3 meetings are being held at [...]

Franics in the Holy Land – faith and religious freedom

Pope Francis began his pilrgimage to the Holy L:and with a stop in Jordan, and called for religious freedom. MAY 24, 2014 AMMAN, Jordan Pope, Arriving in Holy Land, Calls for Religious Freedom in Middle East Pope Francis began a densely packed visit to the Holy Land with a call for religious freedom in [...]

Pope Francis to Visit Holy Land in May

Pope Francis. Only three Popes have visited the Holy Land. Now it has been announced that Pope Francis, walking in Paul VI’s footsteps, will visit Christ’s homeland May 24-26.  Fifty years after Paul VI, the first ever Pope to set foot in Jesus’ birthplace, made his 1964 journey to the Holy Land, Pope Francis [...]

Interview with Zion Evrony, Ambassador of Israel to the Holy See

“Pope Francis brings a universal message of modesty, caring for the poor, struggle for peace and care for the environment,” Zion Evrony said to Inside the Vatican. “We very much hope to see him visit Israel during the year 2014. He has been officially invited by President Peres, by Deputy Foreign Minister Elkin, and by me to [...]

Vatican Watch – January 2012

Thursday 10 ISRAELI RELIGIOUS LEADERS AT THE VATICAN Dialogue is essential for religious leaders in the Holy Land, “a place full of memories sacred to our traditions,” but a place that each day faces challenges to living together in harmony, Benedict XVI told religious leaders from Israel. The “movement toward reconciliation requires courage and vision, as [...]