It was an extraordinary spiritual grace of this day,19 march where the way of the Cross took place along the via dolorosa in the old city of Jerusalem, animated by the young group from Bethlehem parish and other youth groups and pilgrims. We give thanks to God for the faith of thousands of young people, for an awakening of awareness of their own Christian identity witnessing to Christ following his steps in praying and walking the same route of passion for a holy Easter.
The Custody of the Holy Land confirms that fr. Hanna JALLOUF OFM, of the Custody of the Holy Land, parish priest at Knayeh (Qunayeh), Syria, on the night of October 5th, was taken by some brigades linked to Jahbat Al-Nusra. Along with fr. Hanna, several men of the Christian village were also taken.
The Franciscan nuns who were in the convent have taken refuge in some houses of the village.
We are not able to say where father Hanna and his parishioners are now and, at this time, we have no possibility of contact with him or his captors.
Let us pray for him and for the other victims of this tragic and senseless war.
The Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, including Michael Perry, announced that, after having obtained the approval of the Apostolic See, the General Definitional elected Guardian of the Holy Land for the next three years between Pizzaballa OFM.
Sincerely hope a fruitful term of office for the good of the Church and of our brothers and sisters who live and visit the places entrusted to the care of the Custody.
At this time, a special thought to Syria still the scene of violence.
At the next world day of consecrated life will held on 2nd February 2012 at 3.30 pm His Ecc. Arc. Antonio Franco, apostolic delegate. The Holy Mass will be preside in the house oh the Sister of Rosary, 14 rehov Agron, in Jerusalem. They have invited to every members of religious communities, lay people and consecrated to celebrate the gift of consecrated life together.
Jerusalem on 22nd to 29 january 2012 will be the week of prayer for union of christians.The theme is We will be transformed to the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ (cf. 1Cor 15, 51-58).
This is the programme of the week:
Jan 21 Anastasis (Holy Sepulchre), Calvary 5.30 p.m.
Greek Orthodox Office of « Apodeipnon » (Compline)
Jan 22 Anglican Cathedral of St George 5.00 p.m.
Jan 23 Armenian Cathedral of St James 5.00 p.m.
Old City, Armenian Quarter
Jan 24 Lutheran Church of Redeemer 5.00 p.m.
Old City, near Holy Sepulchre
Jan 25 Church of the Latin Patriarchate 5.00 p.m.
Old City, from Jaffa Gate
Jan 26 Upper Room, Cenacle 4.00 p.m.
Jan 27 Ethiopian Orthodox Church 5.00 p.m.
West Jerusalem, off Profhets’ Street
Jan 28 Church St Antonio,Coptic Orthodox 5.00 p.m.
Old City, near Holy Sepulchre
Jan 29 Annunciation of Greek Catholic Church 5.00 p.m.
Old City, near Jaffa Gate
15 th Sunday of January, at 3.00 p.m. Fr. Frans Bowen, w.f., will give a conference about L’actualite oecuménique en 2011 (in france) at the Monastery of Emmanuele (Bethlehem, phone n.: 2744380)
The evocative crib which was made in the Basilic of St. Catrin at Bethlehem. Near the ral grotto of the nativity, the representation is always the goal of the visit of pilgrimeyes to coma from the whole world