Posts Tagged ‘Holy Land’

Francis grateful for peace in Holy Land

Monday, May 24th, 2021
grateful for peace

Pope Francis expressed gratitude, Friday, for the cease-fire in the Holy Land. “My thoughts turn to the events taking place these days in the Holy Land,” Francis said, referring to the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. “I thank God for the decision to halt the armed conflicts and acts of violence, and I Read more

Manger relic returned to Bethlehem for Christmas

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis has returned a fragment of wood believed to have formed part of Jesus’s manger to Bethlehem after about 1,400 years in Europe. The relic has most recently been at Rome’s Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. It is said “a very large number of pilgrims from all over the world” went to the Basilica Read more

Good Friday collection for holy places falls short

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Good Friday Collection

The Good Friday collection for the holy places is taken up in every Catholic parish in New Zealand. Catholics in New Zealand have given more than $840,000 to the upkeep of sacred sites in the Holy Land over the past six years, but contributions to the annual collection are falling. In 2012 the collection raised Read more

Robbing the church at the site of Christ’s Transfiguration disgusts

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Robbing the church at the site of Christ’s Transfiguration has drawn disgusted comments. Leading Holy Land Christians called the burglary at the site “a heinous crime and an act that violates the sanctity of the Holy Sites”. They have asked the police to conduct an investigation. They hope the police will “seriously look into the matter Read more

Israeli restrictions for Holy Week worry Christians

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Restrictions imposed by the Israeli government are preventing Christians from worshipping freely in the Holy Land this Holy Week. Yusef Daher, secretary-general of the Jerusalem Interchurch Center, said the network of Israeli police barriers disrupt the flow and number of people who are able to reach the church of the Holy Sepulchre for Good Friday Read more

Peace in the Holy Land — an elusive dream

Friday, December 11th, 2015

As Christians around the world prepare during Advent to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, much of the world is at war and preparing for more war – more bombs, more drones, more boots on the ground. From the drug cartel war in Mexico, to the civil war in South Sudan, to the Read more

Kiwi Catholic teachers learn about the Holocaust

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Three directors of religious studies from New Zealand Catholic schools took an opportunity in January to study the Jewish Holocaust. The Holocaust Centre of New Zealand awarded scholarships to Adele Churchman of Roncalli College in Timaru, Colin Macleod of Kavanagh College in Dunedin and Dan Stollenwerk from St Peter’s College in Auckland. The three visited Read more

Legionaries of Christ likens disgraced founder to Mary Magdalene

Friday, August 29th, 2014

A booklet promoting a major pilgrimage complex in Galilee has likened the Legionaries of Christ’s disgraced founder to St Mary Magdalene. The conservative order’s founder, Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, was a sexual predator, abusing young seminarians and living a double life that included fathering three children by two women from Mexico. He was dismissed from Read more

Peace summit, no peace

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Hours before he convened an unprecedented Vatican prayer service for peace in the Middle East, Pope Francis told a crowd gathered in St Peter’s Square that “a church that doesn’t have the capacity to surprise… is a dying church.” By that standard, Francis showed that Catholicism on his watch is alive and kicking by delivering Read more

Return to Nicaea for Christian leaders?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Mark your calendars: In 2025, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians may return to Nicaea, the spot in modern-day Turkey where Christianity was literally defined. In 325, early followers of Jesus came together to figure out what it means to be a Christian; the goal was to create theological consensus across all of Christendom. This Read more