- Jul 7, 2020
The June 13 feast of St. Anthony of Padua and the novena, the nine days of prayer leading up to it, mark some of the busiest times at Washington’s Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America — and any temple worldwide, for that matter, that observes his feast.
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem will open on Sunday for the first time in two months.
Moving forward with an Israeli plan to unilaterally annex West Bank land could mean the end to the already languishing Palestinian-Israeli peace talks, said the heads of the Holy Land churches.
A small group of Franciscan monks and Catholic faithful took to the streets of Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter in the Old City Sunday to distribute olive branches after the traditional Palm Sunday procession was cancelled due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.
With Holy Week celebrations closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis postponed the traditional Good Friday collection for the Holy Land to September.
A Franciscan friar who was on his way to join a new religious community in New York became Washington’s first COVID-19 fatality March 20 and the first known U.S. Catholic cleric to die after contracting the coronavirus.