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Statement: Bishop Zaidan Condemns the Targeting of Civilians in Gaza
Bishop A. Elizas Zaidan, July 10, 2024

Holy Week Call to Prayer for an End to the Israel-Hamas War
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio and Bishop A. Elizas Zaidan, March 23, 2024

U.S. Bishops’ President Pleads for Peace as Innocent People are Killed in the Land of Jesus' Birth
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, December 16, 2023

Statement on Continued Violence in the Holy Land
Bishop David J. Malloy, October 27, 2023

Statement of U.S. Bishops’ International Justice and Peace Chairman Amidst Violence in the Holy Land
Bishop David J. Malloy, October 8, 2023


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Since the first century, pilgrimage to the Holy Land has been a tradition for Christians. Making a pilgrimage can be a profoundly holy and transforming experience. Pilgrims should be prepared to engage in a distinctly Christian and life-changing religious experience.

Pilgrimage Guidelines

Print-ready Revised Pilgrimage Guidelines in PDF Format

Christians in the Middle East

The Christian presence in the Holy Lands traces its roots to the earliest days of Christianity. These small, diverse communities have historically contributed to the vibrant social fabric of their societies in the fields of science, medicine, and philosophy. Their fraternity with the diversity of Churches and other religious groups helps to foster greater interreligious dialogue, unity, and peace in the Middle East.

In the midst of the turbulence in the Middle East, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expresses solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer from the conflict and persecution in the region.  The Church stands at the service of all people in the Middle East, both Christians and Muslims.

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