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St. John in the Desert

John the Baptist performed his baptismal ministry at the hermitage of St. John in the Desert, also known as 'Ain el-Habis (spring of the hermit)

John the Baptist is especially remembered for his baptismal ministry on the shores of the Jordan River.  But the Gospel of Luke tells us that John first “grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.”  (Luke 1:80)

At the Jordan River, where Jesus was Baptized

On October 27, the Franciscan Friars of the Custody of the Holy Land, accompanied by hundreds of faithful Christians, will make their annual pilgrimage to Jesus’ baptismal site

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.  

St. Anne and the Pools of Bethesda

The Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem, near what is believed to have been the home of the Virgin Mary’s parents, is associated with miracles

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:

The Dormition Abbey on Mount Zion

On August 15, Catholics around the world celebrate the Feast of the Assumption, commemorating the taking up of the Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life. The feast is known by the Orthodox Churches as the Dormition of the Theotokos

Vote Dead Sea Now

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

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.

Vote Dead Sea Now

 

Qasr El Yahud, the baptism site on the River Jordan, is now open seven days a week

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

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.


A Day in Old Jaffa

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

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.

Holy Week in Jerusalem - Part 2

For the thousands of pilgrims who have come to the Holy City during this great season the celebration of Holy Week in Jerusalem will remain with them as a living memory and inspiration for their faith that they will take back home with them and cherish

Holy Week in Jerusalem - Part 1

Palm Sunday 2011 in Jerusalem: An exhilarating feast of sights and sounds captures much of the old city as local Christians and pilgrims begin the celebrations of the most important week of the year – Holy Week

Easter in Jerusalem

What could be more spiritually uplifting than celebrating Holy Week and Easter in Jerusalem? Visit the Cenacle and Gethsemane. Walk the stations of the Via Dolorosa. Touch the Stone of Anointing in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Imagine what it would be like to celebrate Holy Week and Easter in Jerusalem.