Catholic Passport

The Holy Land

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Galilee

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Home of the Holy Family

The region of Galilee was the home of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph & Peter, James, and John.  The beauty of the Sea of Galilee opens the scriptures in a new way.  

 

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I have longed to come back to the town of Jesus, to feel once again, in contact with this place, the presence of the woman of whom Saint Augustine wrote: “He chose the mother he had created; he created the mother he had chosen”. Here it is especially easy to understand why all generations call Mary blessed.
— St. John Paul II, March 25, 2000

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Jerusalem

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The Holy City 

The Ancient city of Jerusalem is home to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  It has been an important destination of pilgrimages for thousands of years.   

 

 

 

 

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From this place, where the Resurrection was first made known to the women and then to the Apostles, I urge all the Church’s members to renew their obedience to the Lord’s command to take the Gospel to all the ends of the earth.
— St. John Paul II, March 26, 2000

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Palestine

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What to See

Palestine

A trip to the Holy Land must include Palestine!   

 

 

 

 

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And it was here in Bethlehem that the great promise was fulfilled. For two thousand years, generation after generation of Christians have pronounced the name of Bethlehem with deep emotion and joyful gratitude. Like the shepherds and the wise men, we too have come to find the Child, “wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” (Lk 2:12). Like so many pilgrims before us, we kneel in wonder and adoration before the ineffable mystery which was accomplished here.
— St. John Paul II, March 22, 2000

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Dead Sea

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The Lowest Place on Earth

Experience the hauntingly beautiful Judaean Desert and the Dead Sea!  Despite the starkness of the terrain, this region is rich with history. Read about my trip with the Tantur Ecumenical Institute here.   

 

Qumran, Excavation Site of the Ancient Essene Community and the Dead Sea Scrolls

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Whether it be the case of the person next to us or of distant peoples and nations, we must be Good Samaritans to all those who suffer. We must be the compassionate “neighbor” of those in need, not only when it is emotionally rewarding or convenient, but also when it is demanding and inconvenient
— St. John Paul II, September 15, 1987

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Mount Carmel

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The Beauty of Mount Carmel

Living in imitation of the Old Testament prophet Elijah, hermits have lived and prayed on this mountain for hundreds of years.  Maybe it is easier to hear the still small voice of God here in Elijah's cave?

 

 

St. Elias Church at the Muhraka Monastery on Mt. Carmel, where the Carmelite Order was founded. By James Emery [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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In Carmel therefore and in every soul moved by tender affection for the Blessed Virgin and Mother, there has thrived a contemplation of her, who from the beginning knew how to open herself to hearing God’s Word and to obeying his will
— St. John Paul II, March 25, 2001

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