The Via Dolorosa

Richard SontagHoly Land

It is a weekly tradition in the Holy Land to walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow) on Fridays at 3:00 p.m. The Franciscans lead this procession through the winding streets of the Old City of Jerusalem following in the footsteps of Christ and His suffering. The procession marks the path Jesus walked under the … Read More

Lets Celebrate Jesus’ Early Life

Richard SontagHoly Land, Uncategorized

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple on February 2nd celebrates an early episode in the life of Jesus. It falls between the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25th, and the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter on February 22nd. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Presentation of Jesus in … Read More

Pilgrimage to Holy Land with Vicar General

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Pilgrimage

Original text written by Natalie Hoefer for the August 5th issue of the Criterion. Members of the archdiocese are invited to join Msgr. William F. Stumpf, vicar general, on an 11-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land coordinated by Tekton Ministries on Jan. 23 through Feb. 2, 2017. The pilgrimage to this region, the birthplace of … Read More

ARCHBISHOP TOBIN REFLECTS ON HIS CATHOLIC HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE (7 OF 10)

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This is the seventh in a series of 10 video reflections by Archbishop Tobin on his Catholic Holy Land pilgrimage with faithful from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Please make sure to like and share his story so others can be inspired as well. [embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylznhl8ihOU[/embedyt]

Jericho: 10K year-old tower sets world record as oldest tower on earth & tallest until 2650 B.C.

Richard SontagChurch News, Holy Land

(The Zionsville Current) Jericho, in the Palestinian Territories, is best known as the city where Joshua “fit the battle” and the “walls come tumblin’ down.” Archaeologists cannot confirm that famous Biblical story, but did unearth a tower that held a world’s record for more than 5,000 years. Located in the Judean Desert, Jericho is known … Read More

A pilgrimage to Jerusalem is a spiritual activity according to Fr. Rif’at Bader of the Holy Land

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Fr. Rif’at Bader, director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan, has said that pilgrimage to Jerusalem “is a spiritual activity expressing a humanitarian and political solidarity, because the Muslim and Christian presence is in danger.” He quoted Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michael Sabbah statement on Jerusalem that “no one has the … Read More

Archbishop Tobin on the Pilgrimage

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This week, Archbishop Tobin writes a bit about the pilgrimage to the Holy Land in his weekly column: To view photos of his Catholic archdiocesan Holy Land pilgrimage on Pinterest, click here. Our Lenten journey, a pilgrimage of hope Archbishop Joseph W. TobinThis is the first of a series of articles I am writing for … Read More

Archbishop Tobin (Indianapolis) leads group on Holy Land Pilgrimage with Tekton Ministries

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Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin is leading an archdiocesan pilgrimage from Indianapolis to the Holy Land from February 4-15, 2015 with Tekton Ministries.  Traveling with a large group of pilgrims is Natalie Hoefer of the archdiocesan staff.  Tekton always encourages its pilgrims to share photos and reflections with us.  Natalie, like Corey Bruns, a seminarian who recently … Read More

Pilgrims to the Holy Land seek God in the land of Jesus

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February 6, 2015 Editorial in The Criterion On Feb. 4, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin and a group of pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, including this writer, departed for the Holy Land. Like generations of pilgrims throughout history, these pilgrims are on a spiritual journey whose ultimate destination is God himself. Criterion readers will have … Read More