Ein Karem and John the Baptist

Richard SontagHoly Land

In the southwest part of Jerusalem lies the ancient village of Ein Karem, literally meaning “Spring of the Vineyard,” and known by some as the “most beautiful neighborhood in Jerusalem.” Surrounded by green hills and forests, many travel to this village to experience its picturesque beauty and visit the various Christian and historical sites there. … Read More

Holy Week in the Holy Land

Andrea JoinesHoly Land

Holy Land

The greatest pilgrimage of all – that of Our Lord on His way to the Cross – took place in and around the modern city of Jerusalem. The steps He took for our salvation nearly 2000 years ago can be retraced even today. The sites He made holy are surrounded by celebration and throughout the … Read More

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

Restoring Church of the Nativity is like ‘touching heaven’

Richard SontagHoly Land

Nativity

The Italian firm restoring one of Christianity’s holiest sites — the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem — says it’s more than half-way finished with the 14 million dollar project, which has already uncovered a Crusades-era mosaic angel hidden under plaster. Piacenti SpA, a family-run conservation firm from the Tuscan town of Prato, won the … Read More

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Richard SontagHoly Land

( Salt and Light Media ) According to the tradition in the Eastern Church, when Mary was three years of age, Joachim and Anne took her to the Temple so that she might be consecrated to the service of the Lord. The legend says that they invited the young girls of the town to walk … Read More

Pilgrimage to Holy Land with Vicar General

Richard SontagHoly Land

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

WSJ notes Holy Land’s surprising surge of pilgrimages

Richard SontagHoly Land, World News

(WSJ, By Nicolas Parasie) For the 74-year-old pastor from Hawaii, his trip to Israel was the culmination of a lifelong dream. But the route’s end—at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City of Jerusalem—was so packed with other pilgrims that he and his flock turned back. “On the way of the cross, Jesus … Read More