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Ein Kerem: Birthplace of John the Baptist


Luke, Chapter 1 tells us the whole, exciting and miraculous story of the Birth of John the Baptist, which we celebrate today. First, we read of the announcement–by an angel, no less–of the very unexpected conception and later birth of the baby who would grow up to become John the Baptist. His parents, Elizabeth and Zechariah, were older, you see, and had long given up hope of ever having... Read More

Inside the Holy Sepulchre


Editor’s Note:  Today, it gives us great pleasure to introduce to you, Mr. David Torkington.  David is an English theologian who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology.  As well as being a prolific author, he also gives retreats and lectures extensively.  Today, we feature his first post on our site.  Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home. Inside... Read More

St Jerome and Bethlehem’s Church of St Catherine

September 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


ST JEROME AND BETHLEHEM’S CHURCH OF ST CATHERINE Did you know that St. Jerome is the patron saint of librarians and of translators? In Latin, his name is Hieronymus–which I love–and every September 30th, on the memorial of his death, translators around the world celebrate International Translation Day! How awesome is that? Today, I’d like to show you to the cave in Bethlehem when he spent... Read More

Jerusalem’s Church of St Anne (Memorial of Sts Joachim and Anne)

July 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


It’s been a few months since I last wrote. Those who saw me recently on EWTN’s Life on the Rock or who read my blog know that my husband David suffered a heart attack on Mother’s Day, just nine days before we were supposed to fly to the Holy Land to document Pope Francis’ Holy Land pilgrimage. He’s fine, thank God, and is recuperating well, but it did throw our lives into disarray, and my... Read More

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre

April 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


With the beginning of Holy Week, we all turn our attention to Jesus’ Passion. In Jerusalem, the events of this week are commemorated throughout the Old City. Today, we’re going to explore the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built atop Calvary and Jesus’ tomb. For a great online virtual tour, check out this amazing site. The exterior of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is unremarkable except in... Read More

The Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St Joseph

March 15, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


The Church of the Annunciation and the Church of St Joseph In celebration of the debut of The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land on EWTN, I have been exploring sacred sites in that wonderful land. This month brings us two solemnities that are associated with pilgrimage sites within walking distance of each another: the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, falls on the 19th, while... Read More

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity and Shepherds’ Fields

January 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Since The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land will air on EWTN nightly from February 17-22, 6:30 pm/3 am EST, I thought I’d start exploring some sites in the Holy Land. What better place to begin than the beginning?! It’s still the season of Christmas, so today, liturgically, the Holy Family would still be resting in a manger in Bethlehem after Jesus’ birth.... Read More

The Church Where Jesus Was Crucified

October 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Events, Pilgrimage

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More than a decade ago I received a gift that left an indelible mark on by soul, a trip to the Holy Land. One of the most memorable of my encounters was at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is built on the mount where our blessed Lord was crucified. As I entered into the huge and holy structure on a weekday afternoon the Church was abuzz with tourists. They scurried all around the place like... Read More

Introducing Diana von Glahn

September 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Liz Estler, Pilgrimage


Today, we are most excited to introduce Diana von Glahn. She is an author, writer, editor, host and, with her husband David, co-producer of the EWTN series “The Faithful Traveler.” She adds another dimension to our Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction site by expanding how we think about and practice our faith, particularly with regard to pilgrimages and to places that are dear to our Catholicism:... Read More

Sea of Terror and Redemption

August 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Pilgrimage

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The Sea of Galilee is an imposing body of water. Coupled with the reality of what happened on its shores, and on the surface of its depths, it is a place that echoes stories of faith and lives transformed. This transformation has come by way of many profound encounters designed by our great God to draw the hearts of his disciples to a faith that would set the world ablaze. The impact of coming to the... Read More

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