Skip to comments.Archbishop Dolanís Holy Land tour stops at crucifixion site
Posted on 02/01/2012 6:34:48 AM PST by NYer
JERUSALEM Archbishop Timothy Dolans swing through Israel took him Monday to one of the most sacred sites in Christianity, the place where Jesus was crucified and buried.
New Yorks Catholic leader, a cardinal-designate, bowed his head in prayer and held rosary beads at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Dolan and his entourage also worshiped at Gethsemane Garden Center, where Jesus prayed the night before he was nailed to the cross.
Aside from the deep significance the church holds for Christians, it has the quirky designation of being controlled by several denominations and has even been the site of fights among rival monks but all was peaceful during Dolans visit.
Dolan, who is in the Holy Land ahead of his trip to Rome to be made cardinal, also visited the Western Wall, one of the holiest spots in Judaism. Hell be back at the church Tuesday for Mass before heading to Bethlehem.
One benefit of being the Archbishop of New York is that you become friends with the Jewish community they have been exceptionally good to us, he said.
His visit is a spiritual pilgrimage, with 50 priests in tow, but he said he hopes to return to Israel again to get more into the social, demographic issues and politics.
The leader of New Yorks Catholics is making time to socialize, though, and he raves about the local beer.
I am drinking Maccabi; you have to try it. It even has a biblical name! he said.
The only gloomy spot in the day was the heavy rains. We could have just stayed back home for this! he joked.
More insight into Dolan's leadership! Instead of hopping a plane and flying directly to Rome for his installation as cardinal, he uses the moment to lead a pilgrimage for a large group of priests, to the Holy Land. God bless him!
God Bless and be with Archbishop/Cardinal Dolan and those who are making this special pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
I wish FR had a ‘Like’ button.
They have a chapter at our parish. They are hard core.
Wow, your parish has that order? Not a lot of parishes have it.
In less time than it takes to walk from one end of a typical US shopping mall to the other, you can visit the Wailing Wall, the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Oh, Jerusalem is wonderful. And the Galilee. Hearing a passage from the Bible will never be the same after you have been in those very places the Lord walked. I was moved to tears a good bit of the time we were there.
Would be nice, but out of reach financially for many FReepers these days. I was very fortunate to visit Ephesus 40 years ago -- the impression lasts even today.
Yes. We couldn’t afford it even if we wanted to. We have a decent salary but it’s just enough to pay for our basics if I manage it very frugally. Maybe down the road someday.
I hope they are ready for a fight, because we're going to have one. We're just foot soldiers, but I'm Scotch-Irish and Highland Scot and my husband is German and Irish, and we are always ready for a fight.