Church in Holy Land

The famous Banksy’s Armored Dove of Peace, the painting of a peace dove wearing a flak jacket. The dove is painted on a wall near the separation wall between Bethlehem (Palestinian Territories) and Israel. Nov. 18, 2023. | Credit: Marinella Bandini

PHOTOS: Christmas Celebrations Canceled in Bethlehem in the Midst of War

Nov 26, 2023

The strands of lights are falling down one after another, forming a kind of curtain of threads in front of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Following the municipality’s decision to suspend Christmas events and remove decorations, workers are busy dismantling the light canopy on Nativity Square and at other locations in the city.

Weekday Mass is celebrated in the Church of Sts. Simeon and Anne in Jerusalem, where the Hebrew-speaking Catholic community (keilla) gathers together. | Credit: Marinella Bandini

"A battle inside us": Hebrew Catholics in the Holy Land Wrestle with Challenges of War

Nov 19, 2023

The Israel-Hamas war has brought challenges to Hebrew Catholics in Israel, but the diverse and vibrant community holds on to its faith as a guide and consolation.

Members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

Bishops in Southern Africa Dedicate Christ the King Solemnity to Prayers for Holy Land

Nov 18, 2023

Dioceses covered by the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) are to celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King that marks the conclusion of the Liturgical year by praying for peace in the Holy Land.

A cross atop the seminary in Beit Jala, Palestine. | Aid to the Church in Need.

Vatican Calls for Peace in Holy Land, Offers to Mediate Between Hamas and Israel

Oct 13, 2023

Vatican’s secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin said any mediation would have to take into account "the issue of Israeli settlements, security, and the issue of the city of Jerusalem."

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa blesses the congregation at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on April 4, 2021. | Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Catholic Patriarch Calls Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in the Holy Land

Oct 12, 2023

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa has urged Catholics to organize times of prayer with Eucharistic adoration and recitation of the rosary.

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.