Ecumenical Activity

Vocations “come and follow me”

The oriental-ecumenical activity of the Custody

The ecumenical activity of the Custody of the Holy Land follows a mainly cultural direct ion, through the Christian Information Centre of Jerusalem for Israel-Palestine and the Memorial of St. Paul in Damascus for Syria.

The Christian Information Centre has a multiple aim: to provide news on scientific events or news about Christian life in the Holy Land to the mass media, writers, scholars and religious communities; to offer the different Churches in the Holy Land its premises for ecumenical meetings, lectures, sprayer group meetings with the participation of Christians of all denominations, press conferences and other religious or cultural activities. The Centre periodically publishes an information Bulletin.

The St. Paul Memorial was built in 1964 on land belonging to the Custody in the outskirts of Damascus, on the place where St. Paul was converted. It was the result of Pope Paul VI’s wishes and he himself gave it to the Franciscans of the Custody. The Memorial is used as a House for spiritual exercises and study meetings of a theological, pastoral, ecumenical and historical-archaeological nature. The house and the chapel are open to Christians of all rites and, in special cases, other Christians for their spiritual needs. Pilgrims who come to visit the places of the conversion of St. Paul are also welcomed here. The premises are also available for various initiatives of the local pastoral.

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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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