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Today, September 17, the Latin Diocese of Jerusalem celebrates the memory of its Patriarch Saint Albert (+1214). St. Albert is closely linked to the birth of the Order of Carmelites. He writes a Rule (way of life) for the Cenobite hermits who inhabited the caves of Mount Carmel, particularly those in the Siah Valley, about…

Most Reverend Excellencies Your Excellencies the Consul Generals of Jerusalem Dear priests, religious and faithful, The Lord give you Peace! “Non est hic, surrexit enim sicut dixit” (Mt 28,6). Al Masih kam, haqan kam “He is not here! He is risen as He said” (Mt. 28:6) Here we are, again, in front of the Empty…

Dear Virgin of the Scapular, I have to say that our humble brother and great worker Luigi Poggi so many years ago, when he thought of you and manufactured you, leaned on his personal devotion, expressing the sense of beauty: and this year it is one hundred and once you come down from Mount ,…

We had to wait until the 20th century for Discalced Carmelites Fathers had a convent in the capital of the Holy Land. On March 9, 1934, the new convent of Discalced Carmelites Fathers in Jerusalem is blessed. The chosen place was provisional, and it belonged to Dominicans Fathers. (The figure of Fr. Lagrange, OP appears…

When I was a young philosophy student, I remember the sentence of an Asturian Carmelite father who spoke to us about the fauna of Carmel to refer to the brothers of the Discalced Carmelite Order. It was a kind of joke to make us see the variety of people and styles that were and are…

The bells with their festive ringing always call us to the church. In ancient times, the bell was the signal and sound to communicate. There was a way of ringing which is called tocsin for announcing an imminent danger, with a quick and steady touch. Then there is the sound to announce a deceased in…

The week of prayer for Christian unity is approaching. Here in the Holy Land the diversity and unity of the different religious creeds is felt. He who writes, on Sunday 5 celebrated the Eucharist at 8.00 in the morning at the Basilica of Mount Carmel accompanied by the  Melkite-Greek bishop of Galilee, who attended the…

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