To His Beatitude Fouad Twal
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
I send cordial greetings to you, your brother Bishops, and all those gathered in Nazareth as you celebrate the close of the Year of Faith in the Holy Land. I assure you of my spiritual closeness and I pray that this celebration will not only witness to your faith, but also nourish it and invite others to an encounter with Jesus Christ.
On Sunday, November 17, 2013, the International Day of Faith celebrations opened on Mount Precipice in Nazareth. Thefestive mass, attended by thousands of Catholic faithful from the Holy Land, the region and around the world, was led by His Beatitude, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal. Also in attendance were His Beatiitude Archbishop Michel Sabbah, Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem for Latins and His Excellency, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Nuncio to Israel.
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On behalf of the Israel Ministry of Tourism and in collaboration with the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI), we are pleased to announce the International Day of Faith in the Holy Land, which will be held on Mount Precipice, Nazareth on Sunday, November 17, 2013.
We expect thousands of pilgrims from around the world to come participate in this landmark event.
With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, "Porta Fidei," Pope Benedict XVI declared that a “Year of Faith” would begin October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. The Pope was referring to the Book of Acts, “…they called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith…” (Acts 14:27). The current Year of Faith is an opportunity for all Catholics to rediscover a journey of faith.
This is our final day, and some of the most fascinating sites and views are ahead of us.
The Gospel Trail is the perfect pilgrimage for those who truly want to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. The trail is 62km (38.5 miles) long and was opened in 2011. It allows you to tangibly experience the biblical landscape and the spirituality of the Holy Land. The trail begins in Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, and is believed to be the route Jesus walked on his journey to the Sea of Galilee.
The first day begins at the starting point on Mount Precipice, also known as the Mount of the Leap of the Lord, a site that has been identified with the passage in Luke 4:29-31.
A pilgrimage in the footsteps of Mary is a deeply personal spiritual experience that takes you straight into the heart of the gospel to acquaint you with the mother of Jesus and allow you to discover the divine mysteries. Gaining in-depth personal insights about Mary perfectly rounds out the gospels, and when equipped with a better understanding of the Mother, you will gain even more profound knowledge of the son.