The Churches of the Holy Land
Many churches, one faith. This, also, is Jerusalem.

For several years now the Holy City, as heart and cradle of Christianity, periodically hosts the Extraordinary Prayer for Reconciliation, Unity and Peace. It is an invocation rising from the Holy Place that gathers together the many facets of Christianity, in its multiplicity of confessions and rites.

Year after year, the prayer is held at the different churches in the Holy City. The Franciscan Media Center has joined this initiative, occasionally providing the live satellite broadcast of the Extraordinary Prayer and also creating a historical documentary dedicated to the host church.

In this section you will find a valuable contribution towards better knowledge and mutual understanding among the various Churches.
The Latin Church
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The largest among the churches that recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, is the Latin Church in the Holy Land. It has about 50,000 faithful - 99 percent of which are Arabic speaking - to which are added almost as many Latin Catholic immigrants from the Philippines, from Sudan, from India and Europe. Led by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, for seven centuries the Church has benefitted from the constant presence of the Franciscans, to whom the custody of the holy places has been entrusted since 1342, and some hundred religious orders and congregations of diverse origins. The Latin Church promotes many works, from hospitals to support facilities for the disabled, orphans and elderly, and 116 schools for a total of about 64,000 students of every level up to university. Since 1955, as a unique feature in the Church of the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarchate has created a vicariate for Hebrew-speaking Christians which counts about 500 people distributed in 7 parishes.
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The Latin Church
The largest among the churches that recognize the primacy of the Bishop of Rome, the Pope, is the Latin Church in the Holy Land. It has about 50,000 faithful - 99 percent of which are Arabic speaking - to which are added almost as many Latin Catholic immigrants from the Philippines, from Sudan, from India and Europe. Led by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, for seven centuries the Church has benefitted from the constant presence of the Franciscans, to whom the custody of the holy places has been entrusted since 1342, and some hundred [...]
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The Coptic Orthodox Church
Present in the Holy Land with a small community, but with some 18 million faithful in the world - almost all in Egypt - the Coptic Orthodox Church is the portion of the Church of Alexandria in Egypt that separated from the Byzantine Church in the wake of the Council of Chalcedon in 451. It is said that the Egyptian Church traces its origins directly to the apostle and evangelist St. Mark, who founded it in Alexandria about 12 years after the Ascension, although Copts retrace the foundation of their church, with its rites and [...]
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The Ethiopian Church
The Ethiopian Church is one of the non-Chalcedonian Eastern Churches, characterized today by its preservation of some Jewish customs, probably because Christianity arrived in Ethiopia directly from Palestine. The relationship between Ethiopia and the Holy Land, on the other hand, dates back to Old Testament times, when the Queen of Sheba and Solomon met in Jerusalem. An ancient tradition claims that part of the land on which today is built the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre was part of the king's gifts to the queen. Very devoted to the Mother of God, the faithful of [...]
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The Armenian Orthodox Church
Pioneers of monasticism in the desert, between Bethlehem, Jericho and Judea, the Armenian Christians have preserved and translated traditions and rituals of the early church in Jerusalem. Evangelized by the Apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew, Armenia officially became a Christian nation in 301, and since that date the presence of many pilgrims in Palestine has been attested, the land from which the Armenian church has drawn great inspiration since its origins going back to Gregory the Illuminator. An Armenian community has been present in the Holy Land since the fifth century, while the foundation of the [...]
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The Lutheran Church
The bell tower of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer stands tall, just a few steps from the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in the heart of the Old City of Jerusalem. The Evangelical Lutheran Church has been present in the Holy Land since 1841, and it operates in Israel, the Palestinian Territories and in Jordan within the Arab community, now counting about 2500 faithful. Very active in the field of social work, it particularly invests in education, which it considers a priority. More than 3,000 students attend Lutheran schools, 40 percent of whom are [...]
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