Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land

Pope Francis appears in the window of the Apostolic Palace to give his Sunday Angelus address on January 14, 2024. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: "War itself is a crime against humanity"

Jan 14, 2024

Pope Francis made a strong appeal for peace on Sunday calling modern warfare “a crime against humanity” that sows death among civilians and destroys cities.

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, spoke about the "courage" and the "madness" of working for peace during his homily during the Mass of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God, on Jan. 1, 2024, in the Pro-Cathedral of the Latin Patriarchate, in Jerusalem. | Credit: Marinella Bandini

The Church in the Holy Land Rings in the New Year with Pleas for Peace

Jan 1, 2024

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, urged the faithful "to cherish the desire for encounter, to cultivate freedom in relation to all, to overcome ethnic, religious, and identity boundaries."

Daily procession of the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land (Calvary, Latin Chapel), Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem. Oct. 9, 2023. | Credit: Marinella Bandini

In the Holy Land, Franciscans are Keeping Doors to Holy Sites Open — for Now

Oct 11, 2023

On Saturday, Oct. 7, Israel suddenly found itself in a state of war. A barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip and attacks by Hamas terrorists who infiltrated cities near the border resulted in the death of over 1,000 people. Among them were 11 American citizens as well as citizens from many other countries.

Pope Francis met a delegation affiliated with the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land on Jan. 17, 2022. Vatican Media

The story of the Holy Land is the "Fifth Gospel": Pope Francis

Jan 17, 2022

Pope Francis has urged journalists in the Middle East to keep telling stories from the Holy Land.

St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox monastery on the Jordan River in the West Bank. Credit: Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida (CC BY 2.0)

Franciscan Friars Return to Site of Christ's Baptism after 50 Years

Jan 10, 2021

For the first time in over 54 years, the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land were able to offer Mass on their property at the site of Christ’s baptism, located in the West Bank.

Crucifix inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.

Good Friday Holy Land Collection Moved to September Due to Coronavirus

Apr 2, 2020

The Lenten Holy Land collection will be moved to September this year because of the suspension of public Masses in many places in the world due to the coronavirus, the Vatican stated Thursday.