Vocations “come and follow me”

Canção Nova

Canção Nova

The Canção Nova community was founded in Brazil on 2nd February 1978 by Father Jonas Abib, a Salesian, who accepted the challenge of Pope Paul VI’s encyclical, Evangeli Nuntiandi, to evangelize the baptized.
Canção Nova is an international private association of faithful, officially recognized as such by the Pontifical Council for the Laity in 2008.
The community has the charisma to form new men and women for a new world and its mission is evangelization through the media.
In the Holy Land, the members of this association perform their service at the Franciscan Media Center, working both as journalists and technicians.

Shalom Community

Shalom Community

The Shalom community helps the Franciscans in looking after the sanctuary of the Annunciation in Nazareth. Its main activities include liturgical animation with the preparation of texts in different languages and the singing, for pilgrims and the local people. The community also runs the information and Mass booking services at the pilgrims department.

Mondo X Community

Mondo X Community

The Mondo X community established its presence at the Franciscan sanctuary of Mount Tabor in 2006. 
The presence of the Community comes from the desire of the Custody to keep the message of St. Francis topical. Father Eligio, himself a Franciscan, founded Mondo X to help drug addicts recover hope and dignity.
This attention for Man is the ideal that is at the base of the Community: each Man, even when in despair, is made in the image of God.
The members of the Mondo X Community perform their service at the Sanctuary of the Transfiguration where they welcome pilgrims and are responsible for the catering in the Casa Nova, the maintenance of the Sanctuary and the redevelopment of the environment.

Koinonia John the Baptist Community

Koinonia John the Baptist Community

Koinonia John the Baptist is an evangelizing community at the service of the New Evangelization which was established as a private association of faithful, belonging to the Catholic Church and canonically approved, with several thousand members including families, consecrated men and women and priests. Nine members of the community live in the Holy Land. Four of them live in Jerusalem, where they have relations with the Hebrew-speaking Catholic community. The members of this community perform secretarial services at the Franciscan Biblical Institute (Convent of the Flagellation) and the Christian Information Centre (CIC).

The other five members live in Tiberias, where they work in pastoral and parish activities at the Sanctuary of St. Peter and run the Casa Nova.

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Events calendar


Vigil of Christmas. Bethlehem: 13.30 Entrance of the Archbishop & I Vespers - 16.00 Procession - 23.30 Office & 00.00 Mass - 1.45 Procession to the Grotto


Nativity of the Lord. Bethlehem (St. Catherine): 10.00 Mass Shepherds' Field (Greek & Catholic): 14.00 Pilgrimage


Feast St. Stephen, Protomartyr. St. Stephen: 16.00 Pilgrimage


Feast of the Holy Innocents. Bethlehem:10.00 Mass - 14.00 II Vespers (Vicar CTS)


Octave of Christmas. Beit Sahour: Holy Angels ad pastores

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