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25/05/2014 - Common Declaration of Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I - Private Meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople at the Apostolic Delegation of Jerusalem (25 May 2014)

25/05/2014 - Welcoming ceremony at the Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport (Tel Aviv, 25 May 2014)

25/05/2014 - Saluto ai bambini dei campi profughi di Dheisheh, Aida e Beit Jibrin nel Phoenix Center del Campo profughi di Dheisheh (Bethlehem, 25 maggio 2014)

25/05/2014 - Saluto ai bambini dei campi profughi di Dheisheh, Aida e Beit Jibrin nel Phoenix Center del Campo profughi di Dheisheh (Bethlehem, 25 maggio 2014)

25/05/2014 - A new olive tree at Gethsemane – from Pope Francis

25/05/2014 - Regina Coeli Prayer (Bethlehem, 25 May 2014)

25/05/2014 - Holy Mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem (25 May 2014)

25/05/2014 - Meeting with refugees and young people with disabilities in the Latin Church in Bethany beyond the Jordan (24 May 2014)

25/05/2014 - Fra Bustos: “This ‘pope of dialogue’ is as exigent as he is prudent.”

24/05/2014 - Pilgrimage of His Holiness Francis in the Holy Land:Sunday, May 25, 2014

24/05/2014 - Holy Mass at the Amman International Stadium (24 May 2014)

24/05/2014 - Meeting with the Authorities of the Kingdom of Jordan (Amman, 24 May 2014)

24/05/2014 - Meeting with Palestinian Authorities (Bethlehem, 25 May 2014)

24/05/2014 - Popes and Ecumenical Patriarchs: When the Stones Speak

24/05/2014 - The Custody’s Multimedia Department and the Visit of Pope Francis

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Egyptian Copts Contravening Shenouda's Travel Ban to Israel

A snapshot taken during the coptic liturgy of Maundy Thursday in Jerusalem. (photo M.A.B./Cts) - April 12, 2012

Around one hundred Coptic Christians flew from Cairo to Tel Aviv on Monday in contravention of a ban on travel to Israel instituted by the Church's late Patriarch, Pope Shenouda III.

Since last Friday, a number of Air Sinai flights to Israel have ferried large numbers of Egyptian Coptic Christians to the Holy Land, according to the Ahram online news service.

Ahram quoted an official source at Cairo International Airport, who said two flights travelled to Israel Friday carrying 104 passengers. "This is an unprecedented move since the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty," the source said, pointing out that around two daily trips are planned to the Holy Land.

The news follows the death in March of Pope Shenouda III, head of the Coptic Orthodox Church. He issued a papal decree in 1979 prohibiting Copts from travelling to Israel in solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

Pilgrimages from Egypt came to a halt after the 1967 Six Day War and, for the next eleven years when Israel was in a state of war with Egypt, pilgrimages continued to be forbidden as a matter of national law and wartime politics – a move condoned by Pope Shenouda III.

Following the Camp David agreement and subsequent peace treaty between Israel and Egypt in 1979, Israeli tourism to Egypt boomed but there was no reciprocal effect on the part of Egyptians. Full story>>

Events calendar


All the Saints of the Seraphic Order Bethlehem: 11.30 Solemn Entrance (Custos) – 13:45 1st Vespers


1st sunday of Advent Bethlehem: 10.00 Solemn Mass (Custos)


Vigil of Christmas Bethlehem: 13.30 Entrance & 1st Vespers 16.00 Procession 23.30 Office - 0.00 Mass - 1.45 Procession to the Grotto


The Nativity of the Lord Bethlehem (S. Catherine): 9.00 Mass Shepherds'field (Greek & Catholic) : 14.00 Pilgrimage


S. Stephen. S.Stephen: 16.00 Pilgrimage

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