In the past year, an archaeological dig took place in the structure just south of the Tower of David, in expectancy for the opening of the education center in the Tower of David museum.
Under the Turkish Kisla structure (that was erected back in the 19th century) were revealed 9 pools in various sizes that are dated back to the middle ages. Due to their shapes and findings within those pools, it is believed that they were used for coloring fabric or processing animal skins.
Many years of searching for King Herod's tomb in lower Herodium, concluded that even if extensive preparations were made, the tomb itself was built and located elsewhere in the general Herodium area. As a result, the majority of the excavations were moved to the northeastern slope of the mountain. The work here brought forth not only the discovery of the Royal Mausoleum (and 3 extravagant sarcophagus relics), but also the discovery of a Royal Theater and the realization that mountain is artificial and the monumental steps were built only at the twilight of Herod’s life.
The city of Hippos (Sussita) was the central city of the Golan during the Hellenistic and Roman/Byzantine periods. It is located on a diamond (or horse) shaped mountain which rises 350M (1148 feet) above the Sea of Galilee. Recent excavations revealed the impressive plan and structures of the city. During the Byzantine period there were eight churches, indicating its importance for Christians. The city was devastated by a massive earthquake in 749 AD which left it in ruins since then.
The Qumran site was discovered in 1946 by a bedouin boy, who went to find a lost goat, but instead found a cave in which clay pots were hidden. In these pots, a treasure of manuscripts was discovered. This discovery led to the discovery of over 700 additional manuscripts in this area.
Domus Galilaeae is a center of formation, for studies and retreat, on a piece of land situated on the Mount of Beatitudes. This project began its journey in the 80’s when Pope Paul VI was to build in Israel a center where Seminarians could complete their formation before being ordained. It was with this frame of mind that the Vatican purchased Notre Dame, near the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem.
The Bethesda Pool, where Jesus heals the paralytic man in the Gospel of John, is a complex site. It appears to have been a mikveh, or ritual bath. As the spot of one of Jesus’ miracles, the Bethesda Pool was built over in subsequent periods with chapels and churches that are still visible today.
Whilst hiking in the eastern Galilee with a group of veteran hikers, Laurie Rimon, a member of Kibbutz Kefar-Blum, came across a shiny object in the grass. When she picked it up she realized it was an ancient gold coin.
By Beverly Behan
Mary Magdalene holds a special place in the hearts of many young Catholic women. We are inspired by her strength and compassion - standing at the foot of the cross and witnessing His torment and refusing to leave Him until His last breath on earth. We are in awe of how she is not chained by her stained past and are captivated by the mystery that shrouds her. We relish her tenacity in following Joseph of Arimathea to the sepulcher; Mary Magdalene was a determined woman with a plan – to return with spices and oils two days later and give her Lord a proper burial.
The new route in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem offers Christian visitors a route through chapters of the history of Christianity and Jesus.
FRANCISCANS IN THE HOLY LAND: NOMINEES TO THE PRINCESS OF ASTURIAS AWARD FOR CONCORD 2015
Presented by the Spanish Federation of Food Banks (FESBAL), the nomination aims to recognize their presence and labor in eight centuries.
Belonging to the Franciscan Order founded by St. Francis of Assisi, they came to the Holy Land in 1219 to preserve the Holy Places and support those in need.