On October 27, the Franciscan Friars of the Custody of the Holy Land will head out to the Jordan Valley, accompanied by hundreds of pilgrims and local Christians, for their annual pilgrimage to Jesus’ baptismal site on the Jordan River.
September 8 is known in Catholic tradition as the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. While the canonical Gospels are silent about her origins, we know about her parents Joachim and Anne, her birth and childhood from the second century Protoevangelium of James. Early Christian tradition places the home of Joachim and Anne next to a double pool that was a popular healing center - the pool of Bethesda, known to us from the Gospel of John:
You are invited to watch the special video recently produced by The Ministry of Tourism to encourage people to vote for the Dead Sea in the New7Wonders of Nature competition.
The video shows the untamed and breathtaking landscapes of the Dead Sea from a unique bird’s-eye perspective. Viewers will also see historical sites in the area and the Dead Sea's natural treasures, zoological and botanical riches.
From the earliest days of Christianity, pilgrims to the Holy Land have visited the site where according to the New Testament Jesus was baptized. For centuries, Pilgrims have yearned to immerse themselves in the same water to commemorate this event.
To improve the spiritual experience and physical comfort of pilgrims, the baptism site on the Jordan River, known as Qasr el Yahud, is now open to the public, free of charge, seven days a week.
The Old City of Jaffa, located on the southern edge of Tel Aviv on the Mediterranean coast, was known in ancient times as the gateway to the Land of Israel. With its 3,000 years of history, Old Jaffa is the world’s most ancient port. It is said that the city, called Yafo in Hebrew and Joppa in the New Testament, derives its name from either Japheth, one of Noah’s three sons, or from the Hebrew word “yaffa” meaning beautiful.
Imagine what it would be like to celebrate Holy Week and Easter in Jerusalem.
The Dead Sea, an awe-inspiring treasure located at the lowest point on Earth, is full of natural wonders. It lies there quietly, majestically offering visitors and viewers alike an undeniably unique experience.