Sunday, December 24, 2006

Where to stay while in the Holy Land...?

The answer to the question of where does one stay while on pilgrimage in the Holy Land is simple: stay in a Franciscan Pilgrim Hospice!

The Franciscans have been custodians of the Holy Land churches and sanctuaries, pastors of the Latin Rite parishes there and guardians and guides of Catholic pilgrims for eight centuries now.

In the photo you see the Casa Nova (Hospitium Franciscanum) in Jerusalem. It's located in the Chrisitan quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem and just a five minute walk from the Holy Sepulchre (and just 15 euro a night and they feed you and they all speak English and Italian!).

The Franciscans have a great place in Bethlehem, too, next to the Church of the Nativity ( This is the site of their place in Jerusalem (


Anonymous said...


Hope you enjoyed your pilgrimage to the Land of our Lord. We just got back from ours in Rome, the Midnight Mass homily at Santa Maria della Pace was dedicated to "Ultimus Romanorum: the last of the Romans..."

Here in Switzerland, his situation has further deteriorated.

Please read my earlier message posted today as a comment to your Blog dated 12/05.

Pax et Caritas

John Paul Sonnen said...

Reqviem aeternam dona ei Domine, et lvx perpetva luceat ei. Amen.