Church of the Holy Sepulchre

With the incense burned from the newly blessed fire, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, incenses the "Stone of Anointing," located at the entrance of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, where, according to tradition, the body of Jesus was anointed and prepared with aromatic oils for burial. March 30, 2024. / Credit: Marinella Bandini

"The mother of all holy vigils": Jerusalem Basilica is First Place to Announce Easter

Apr 1, 2024

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, the church of the Lord’s resurrection, the Easter Vigil is held on Saturday morning instead of at night.

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.

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. | Credit: Jorge Lascar via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

New Discoveries May Change What We Know About Jerusalem’s Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher

Sep 17, 2023

Ongoing archaeological investigations have now allowed scientists to trace “the entire material history of the religious complex.” 

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Credit: Pavel Cheskidov/Shutterstock.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem Reopens with Restrictions

May 24, 2020

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is reopening this weekend, after being closed in late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.