Joseph Capelle is a South African artist who composed a series of paintings for the Way of the Cross in the Holy Trinity Church in Braamfontein, Johannesburg in South Africa. With the permission of the artist and the pastor of Holy Trinity Church, we publish here the paintings and the reflections of the artist as a prayer for the Triduum.

The Franciscans inaugurated a new site dedicated to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (Resurrection) and a visit is a uplifting experience during Lent.

E. from the Haifa kehilla translated into Hebrew a special prayer, written by Saint Thomas Aquinas, for pupils and students. We wish all those studying from our communities much success and we pray that the Lord might strengthen and guide them.

This year, for the fourth time, Dr. Emmanuelle Main and Sister Anne-Catherine from the Jerusalem kehilla, help us to understand more deeply the different parts of the mass. Four times during the period of Lent and Easter, up until Pentecost, they will explain the parts of the mass according to the sources of the Jewish people and the early Church. Here we publish the fourth station on the consecration and the action of the Holy Spirit. Each time a page of sources is also provided.

This year, for the third time, Dr. Emmanuelle Main and Sister Anne-Catherine from the Jerusalem kehilla, help us to understand more deeply the different parts of the mass. Four times during the period of Lent and Easter, up until Pentecost, they will explain the parts of the mass according to the sources of the Jewish people and the early Church. Here we publish the third station on the offertory and the blessing. Each time a page of sources is also provided.

This year, for the second time, Dr. Emmanuelle Main and Sister Anne-Catherine from the Jerusalem kehilla, help us to understand more deeply the different parts of the mass. Four times during the period of Lent and Easter, up until Pentecost, they will explain the parts of the mass according to the sources of the Jewish people and the early Church. Here we publish the second station on the Word of God. Each time a page of sources is also provided.

During Lent, the faithful are invited to read the Bible more than usual. In the recent Post-Synodal exhortation, Verbum Domini, Pope Benedict XVI reviewed one way to read the Bible that is particularly fruitful and recommended by the Church: lectio divina.

This year, for the second time, Dr. Emmanuelle Main and Sister Anne-Catherine from the Jerusalem kehilla, help us to understand more deeply the different parts of the mass. Four times during the period of Lent and Easter, up until Pentecost, they will explain the parts of the mass according to the sources of the Jewish people and the early Church. Here we publish the general program, as well as the first station on the Confiteor (I confess). Each time a page of sources is also provided.

A new internet site is offering a wonderful tour of Jerusalem's three Holy Places, the Western Wall, the Holy Sepulcher and the al-Aqsa Mosque.

One of the most beloved traditional prayers of the Catholic Church is the prayer of the rosary. The prayer contemplates the mysteries of the life of Mary, the center of which was her son, Jesus Christ. In such a contemplation, the believer participates in the events of the life of Mary and the life of Jesus.

This prayer, also know as the Ave Maria (in Latin), is an oft repeated prayer giving honor to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Its Biblical basis is in the greeting of Archangel Gabriel to Mary in Nazareth (Luke 1:28) and the greeting of Elizabeth to Mary at the visitation (Luke 1:42).

The prayer that Jesus taught his disciples (cf. Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4) is prayed by Christians, often a number of times a day. The prayer echoes familiar Jewish prayers from the time of Jesus.

This year Israel celebrates 60 years since independence. The Hebrew speaking Catholic communities will all pray a common prayer for the peace, welfare and development of the State and we publish this prayer here. This prayer will be read at the mass for the feast of Pentecost on Sunday, May 11.

Agnes from the Jerusalem community writes to us about the Feast of the Presentation.

On February 5, 1597, twenty-six Catholics – four Spaniards, one Mexican, one Indian, all Franciscan missionaries, three Japanese Jesuits and seventeen Japanese laymen including three young boys, who were all members of the Third Order of Saint Francis, were executed by crucifixion in Nagasaki on the orders of Japanese warlord and ruler Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

Benedetto, seminarian in the Vicariate, sent us a beautiful illustration for the last four weeks of the Great Advent.

On December 29, the Church celebrates the Feast of King David, just a few days after Christmas.

Jerome was one of the most important Biblical commentators in the history of Christianity. He translated the Bible into Latin, and his translation served the Roman Catholic Church as its official translation for hundreds of years. He lived in Bethlehem, alongside the place of Christ's nativity.

In the Catholic calendar there are two feasts of the angels, one on September 29, of the Archangels, and one on October 2, of the Guardian Angels. Angels in the Bible are special messengers of God who come to the human person.

Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino proclaimed a saint in the Catholic Church. He died as a martyr in the 17th century.