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The Annunciation in Nazareth

"And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for you have found grace with God. Behold you shall conceive in your womb and shall bring forth a son: and you shall call his name Jesus" Luke 1:30-31.

We invite you to celebrate the Annunciation Feast in Nazareth.

Chilean Miners Experience the Holy Land

The Chilean Miners and their spouses recently made an eight-day pilgrimage of thanks to the Holy Land as guests of the Israel Ministry of Tourism. They embarked upon a spiritual and highly emotional journey, visiting various Christian holy sites.

Chilean Miners Visit Jerusalem's Holy Sites

There were emotional scenes this morning (Thursday), as 25 of the Chilean Miners and their spouses visiting Israel toured Jerusalem's Old City; including the Holy Sites along the Via Dolorosa, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Western Wall.

The miners are on an eight day tour of the Holy Land as guests of the Israel Ministry of Tourism.

The Language of Jesus

Aramaic appeared in the 10th century BCE and by the 5th century, it had become the major language in the Near East, spoken and written from Egypt to India. In Eretz Israel, Hebrew was still spoken in a late dialect which would survive until approximately the end of the 2nd century CE. However, the language that was spoken by most of the population was a dialect of Aramaic known as Western Aramaic.


When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting, and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves." * (Acts 2: 1-4)


An impressive 9m X 2.7m fresco discovered in excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in the Monastery of Miriam in the Gethsemane courtyard in Jerusalem was put on display for the first time when the renewed Israel Museum opened its doors to the public on July 26, 2010.

The Holy Land John Paul II Games 2010 - Pilgrims of Peace

On April 25 and 26, 2010, hundreds participated in the John Paul II Games to continue his legacy and promote pilgrimage and sports as a bridge to peace. Italians, Israelis and Palestinians participated in the seventh annual Peace Marathon from Bethlehem to Jerusalem, followed by a non-competitive volleyball match.

The Holiday of the Holidays Festival in Haifa

For the seventeenth year in a row, the city of Haifa in northern Israel is hosting the Holiday of Holidays Festival. Holiday of Holidays celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah – the Festival of Lights- and Eid al-Adha - Festival of Sacrifice - testimony to the unique tolerance that is a hallmark of the mixed city of Haifa.

Winter Concerts Resonate in Abu Ghosh

Abu Ghosh, an enchanting hillside village just 10 km from Jerusalem, offers visitors a rich harmony of history. It is believed to be the biblical site of Kiryat Ye’arim, where the Ark of the Covenant is said to have rested for twenty years, before King David returned it to Jerusalem.


Following an invitation from Minister of Tourism Stas Misezhnikov, 31 of the 33 miners rescued after 68 days underground in Chile, will be coming to Israel with their spouses, the Regional Governor of Atacama and Chilean journalists to take part in a Pilgrimage of Thanks in the Holy Land (23 February – 2 March 2011).