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Jerusalem archbishop calls for prayers for peace as violence increases

A wounded Palestinian was evacuated at the Israel-Gaza border during a protest against the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem May 14.

JERUSALEM — Warning that violence will never bring peace, Pope Francis urged all sides to do all they can to foster dialogue in the Middle East.

"I am very worried about the intensifying tensions in the Holy Land and the Middle East and about the spiral of violence that increasingly leads away from the path of peace, dialogue and negotiations," he said in an appeal May 16 at his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre | Order provides support, awareness of needs in the Holy Land

John O’Hara held the flag in his duty as vexillary for Mass as part of the annual meeting of the Northern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. O’Hara is a parishioner at St. John Bosco in Creve Coeur.

During a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last year, Marsha Stocker met a young Muslim woman who was studying at Bethlehem University in the West Bank.

"I've never seen the ocean," the young woman told Stocker, a St. Louisan who was visiting the area with the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. "I can't cross over the border (of the West Bank). I'm not allowed to leave."

Mercy in the Holy Land

Touching down at Ben Gurion airport, anyone occupying an aisle seat wanting to catch a glimpse of the surroundings will likely wind up looking through the peo't — un-cut ringlets some Orthodox Jewish men wear on their temples in accordance with a Biblical restriction against cutting the hair there. The men softly recite ancient prayers, which mingle with the sound of seatbelts being unfastened and mobile phones being powered on a by passengers eager to disembark. There's a sense that this is a special place, a place where God is present.

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Holy Land 2016

St. Louis Review photographer Lisa Johnston is on assignment for Catholic St. Louis magazine in the Holy Land. See more of her pictures above and be sure to watch for more from her trip in a future issue of Catholic St. Louis magazine. 

Good Friday collection helps maintain Catholic presence in Holy Land

The unrest in the Middle East has been especially difficult for Christians who suffer because of their faith, and the persecution challenges those who minister in the Holy Land.

For 800 years, the Holy See has entrusted to the Franciscans the care of the holy places of the Holy Land for the benefit of Christians who live there and who come as pilgrims from around the world. The staffing and maintenance of sites and development of new projects help visitors deepen their faith and their spiritual and cultural connection to salvation history.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land


Archbishop Robert J. Carlson is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem Northern Lieutenancy. Father Brian Fallon, assistant director of the Office of Vocations, is traveling with the archbishop and is filing these reports.

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