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Program for the Pope’s Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Pope Francis will be landing in the Holy Land on Sunday, May 25, 2014 and staying through Monday, May 26th.  While in Jerusalem, the Pope will celebrate Holy Mass with the Ordinaries of the Holy Land.


Sunday, May 25, 2014

16:30 – Arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport. Open coverage; details to be issued separately. Discourse of the Holy Father

17:45 – Arrival at the helipad of Jerusalem on Mount Scopus

Travel the Holy Land with the Prime Minister

A new television production presents Israel’s main tourist attractions as seen by its highest-ranking tourist, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The film, produced over a two-year period, offers viewers unusual and surprising visits to sites such as the Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Caesarea, the Old City of Jerusalem and the Dead Sea.


The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land

The Faithful Traveler is a new mini-series recently aired on EWTN that presents a breathtaking look at the Land of the Bible and the Christian holy sites. The show’s host, Diana von Glahn, takes viewers along with her as she follows in the footsteps of Mary, Jesus and his disciples, allowing them to revel in the majesty and beauty of the Holy Land.


Enter the contest and win a free trip for two!

Pope Francis recently announced his first trip as pontiff to the Holy Land, from May 24-26, 2014. Imagine the excitement and spiritual high of having your pilgrimage to the Holy Land coincide with Pope’s.

Well, NOW is YOUR chance to win a trip for two to the Holy Land and do just that! Experience pilgrimage in the spirit of Pope Francis and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Pope Francis Announces Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

The following is the original announcement made by the Pope Francis on the 5th of January 2014 concerning his visit to the Holy Land (Israel, the West Bank and Jordan) and the purpose of his visit:

* The announcement was made after the recitation of the Sunday Angelus to the crowds of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.  

Papal Letter to Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem for Closing Year of Faith Event

To His Beatitude Fouad Twal

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

I send cordial greetings to you, your brother Bishops, and all those gathered in Nazareth as you celebrate the close of the Year of Faith in the Holy Land. I assure you of my spiritual closeness and I pray that this celebration will not only witness to your faith, but also nourish it and invite others to an encounter with Jesus Christ.

Thousands of Catholics Celebrate Mass on International Day of Faith at Mount Precipice

On Sunday, November 17, 2013, the International Day of Faith celebrations opened on Mount Precipice in Nazareth. Thefestive mass, attended by thousands of Catholic faithful from the Holy Land, the region and around the world, was led by His Beatitude, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal. Also in attendance were His Beatiitude Archbishop Michel Sabbah, Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem for Latins and His Excellency, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Nuncio to Israel.

New Facebook pages

Great news for our French, German and Italian readers: We’ve just launched new Facebook pages for you! Click Like and join hundreds of thousands on the English, Spanish and Portuguese Facebook pages who stay in close contact with us, get updates on what is happening in the Holy Land through pictures, videos, holy sites and events, and are the first to know about special gifts we occasionally award to members such as flights to the Holy Land and accommodation.

Click here for the Facebook page in French

International Day of Faith - November 17, 2013 – Nazareth, ISRAEL

On behalf of the Israel Ministry of Tourism and in collaboration with the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI), we are pleased to announce the International Day of Faith in the Holy Land, which will be held on Mount Precipice, Nazareth on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

We expect thousands of pilgrims from around the world to come participate in this landmark event.

Year of Faith

With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, "Porta Fidei," Pope Benedict XVI declared that a “Year of Faith” would begin October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. The Pope was referring to the Book of Acts, “…they called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith…” (Acts 14:27). The current Year of Faith is an opportunity for all Catholics to rediscover a journey of faith.