This site features weekly updates of news from the Custody of the Holy Land and from the countries where the Custody operates. The news items are the result of personal contacts with Franciscan friars living in the Holy Land, and provide information upon a range of topics, ranging from the religious, to the cultural, to the socio-political aspects of the Holy Land, with particular emphasis upon the Franciscan presence and Christian message of peace and reconciliation. More news available on this page's sidebar (bottom right)...

Bethsaida said to be found

August 10th, 2017 @ 16:43 |

Archaeologists are saying that they just discovered the lost Roman city of Julias, known to Christian believers as the home of three of Jesus’ apostles: Peter, Andrew and Philip. More read more

Lebanese bishops urge help for Syrian refugees’ return

August 4th, 2017 @ 07:49 |

Catholic World News

August 03, 2017

The Maronite Catholic bishops have called for a “global plan” to help refugees from Syria return to their homes, saying that their continued presence in Lebanon is straining that country’s resources. More read more

Jubilee year of Portiuncula indulgence concludes

August 4th, 2017 @ 07:47 |

Catholic World News

August 03, 2017

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, traveled to the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels in Assisi on August 2 to celebrate the closing Mass of the 800th anniversary of the “pardon of Assisi,” also known as the Portiuncula indulgence. More read more

Judge extends stay on deportation of Chaldean Catholics

July 27th, 2017 @ 10:43 |

Catholic World News

July 26, 2017

A federal district court judge has extended his stay on the deportation of 1,441 Chaldean Catholics and other Iraqis with standing immigration removal orders and criminal records. More read more

Holy See favors two-state solution in Holy Land

July 27th, 2017 @ 10:39 |

Catholic World News

July 26, 2017

A Vatican representative told the UN Security Council that the Holy See continues to favor the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in a July 25 address. More read more

Custos: moderation, dialogue needed

July 26th, 2017 @ 08:58 |

Catholic World News

July 25, 2017

The Franciscan superior in the Holy Land has told an Italian news agency that the situation in Jerusalem is “very dangerous.” More read more

Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage site

July 11th, 2017 @ 09:05 |

Catholic World News

July 10, 2017

The UN’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron as a World Heritage Site, approving a request by the Palestinian Authority. More read more

Bishop responds to deportation of Iraqi Christians

June 15th, 2017 @ 09:04 |

Catholic World News

June 14, 2017

Bishop Francis Kalabat, the Chaldean Catholic bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Detroit, described the federal government’s immigration roundup of dozens of Detroit-area Iraqi Christians as “a very strange and painful day for our community in America.” More read more

Archbishop offers his apartment to Syrian refugees

June 15th, 2017 @ 09:00 |

Catholic World News

June 14, 2017

Archbishop Konrad Krajewski has moved out of his apartment in Rome to make it available to a family of refugees from Syria. More read more

Israel and Vatican still short of diplomatic accord

June 15th, 2017 @ 08:56 |

Catholic World News

June 14, 2017

A joint Vatican-Israeli working commission met in Rome on June 13 to continue negotiations aimed at a final diplomatic agreement establishing the legal and economic status of Church institutions in the Holy Land. More read more