Ain Karem: Prayerful Spot

The village of Ain Karem (directly west of Jerusalem) has two Catholic churches: one commemorating the famous canticle of Mary (Lk 1:46-55, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord . . .”) and the other the canticle of Zechariah (Lk 1:68-79, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel . . .”)....

Gethsemane: Jesus’ Agony

At the foot of the Mount of Olives sits the Church of All Nations, completed in 1924 with financing from 16 countries. The Friars Minor began working at this shrine in 1392 and acquired the property in 1663. A 12thcentury Crusader church was built over a fourth-century Byzantine church. A grotto nearby has...

Capernaum: Peter’s House

Since 1990, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (June 29) has been celebrated with special devotion in the modern church built over Peter’s house in Capernaum, by the Sea of Galilee. Peter’s mother-in-law was healed there (Mt 8:14-15, Mk 1:29-31, and Lk 4:38-39). Jesus’ “Bread of Life” discourse (Jn...

‘Never Needed You More’

A subscriber recently noted on a renewal form: “Keep up the good work. The Church has never needed you more.” We are certainly encouraged by those words as we work to bring St. Anthony Messenger to our readers. We seek to be good companions on your faith journey, introducing you to faith-filled...

Bethlehem: Jesus’ Birthplace

On May 25, Pope Francis will visit here, one of the world’s most visited Christian shrines. The Friars Minor have been here since 1347. The current basilica incorporates a 12th-century church built over a fourth-century basilica constructed over an even earlier shrine. Sharing the use of this basilica with...

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