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Pope Francis to Bless Magdala Center Tabernacle
The Spirituality Center and Archeological Park officially open during the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land

Pope Francis

On Monday, May 26, 2014, in a private ceremony, Pope Francis will bless the tabernacle of the “Duc in Altum” Church from the Magdala Center in Galilee, Israel. 

The Magdala Center is a pilgrimage and spirituality center on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  On the center grounds is an archeological park which contains the remains of Mary Magdalene’s hometown, including a synagogue in which Jesus Christ is thought to have preached.  The Legionaries of Christ are heading this project up. 

Fr. Juan Solana, LC, director of the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem, will receive Pope Francis in a private ceremony to bless the tabernacle during the Pope’s upcoming visit to the Holy Land.

“Pope Francis has graciously accepted the invitation to bless the tabernacle of the Magdala Spirituality Center, as a show of his affection for the Holy Land and of his appreciation for the work of the Legionaries of Christ here,” said Fr. Juan.

The first phase of the Magdala Center project will be inaugurated on Wednesday, May 28, with the official opening of the Archeological Park in the presence of Israeli authorities.  Then the Spirituality Center will be dedicated, with a Mass celebrated by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal.  The tabernacle blessed by Pope Francis will then be placed in the Church.  The Mass will be broadcast at 5 pm Jerusalem time and can be viewed online at following link:

“The archeological discoveries of this center unite us to both Jews and Christians,” said Fr.
Fr. Juan Solana and Fr. Eamon Kelly in video
Fr. Juan Solana LC and Fr. Eamon Kelly LC in a New York Times video segment on the Magdala Center.
Juan. “The Magdala Center is called to foster reflection on the role of women in the Church and in society.” 

To see a recent news video from the international edition of the New York Times  about the Magdala Center, go to:

Also Fr. Eamon Kelly LC, vice charge of the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center, was interviewed about the Magdala Center and the Pope´s visit on Click here to listen.  A news story about the Magdala Center was also broadcast on Aljazeera network.  Click here to view it.



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