In the Garden of Gethsemane, close to the Church of All Nations, there is another slightly hidden site: the Church of the Tomb of Mary. Several Christian traditions talk about the death or dormition of Virgin Mary, but all coincide to say that she was
Once the green metal door opens and a nun dressed in black lets you in, you find yourself in front of a stone staircase surrounded by tall trees, green bushes and blue, orange and pink flowers. This unexpected spring oasis in the middle of the
The feast of the Invention of the Cross and the feast of Saint Helena are celebrated in May and commemorate the finding of the most precious relic of Christianity. According to researchers, the very early Christians did not have any special interest in gathering what
“Things, as they have been running until today, shall remain as at present, pending a final agreement.” This was the declaration made in 1852 that established what was shortly after called the Status Quo. It is the system of unwritten rules that regulates the Holy
Nazareth. A young man meets a young woman. After seeing each other only two more times, he proposes, feeling strongly that it is the will of God. They get married two years later and they go to live in another country. They start raising their
It happened! Jerusalem woke up dressed in white the morning of February 18 2021. The snow storm that had covered Athens arrived in Jerusalem a couple of days later. Although not as heavy as the Greek one, it left a beautiful white picture of the
One year ago, when we first started to hear about the coronavirus spreading from China, we were immersed in preparations for the third Holy Land Dialogues (HLD). HLD is a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that combines spiritual and academic elements with participants from around
Pope Francis has dedicated this year 2021 to Saint Joseph, father of Jesus and husband of Mary. It coincides with the 150th anniversary of the declaration of the Holy Patriarch as Patron of the Universal Church by Pius IX, the 8th of December 1870. So
Bassem Giacaman, like Jesus, was born in Bethlehem, although he moved to New Zealand with his family when he was very young. They left due to the difficult situation many people faced in the Holy Land. They went looking for a better life abroad.
The Holy Sepulchre is probably the most fascinating site of the Holy Land. However, many tourists and pilgrims get the impression of a very chaotic and crowded place, with people shouting, pushing, and where it is difficult to find a moment of silence to meditate.