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The Pope’s Blessing
The tabernacle blessed by Pope Francis will be placed in the Duc in Altum Church at the Magdala Center Wednesday in a ceremony available for viewing on the Internet

Pope Francis preparing incense
Pope Francis prepares the incense for the blessing.

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, visited the Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center today where he blessed the tabernacle that will go in the "Duc in Altum" Church of the Magdala Center.

One hundred and twenty guests, friends and benefactors who have made the construction of the Magdala Center possible were present at the blessing.  Fr. Eduardo Robles-Gil LC, general director of the Legionaries of Christ who are in charge of the Magdala project, was also present. 

Before arriving to the Our Lady of Peace chapel, Fr. Juan Solana LC showed the Holy Father a few photographs and images of the Magdala Center project being built on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  In addition to the Duc in Altum Church, the center includes a hotel for pilgrims and an archaeological park. 

Fr. Juan said, “When
The Duc in Altum Church tabernacle
The tabernacle for the Duc in Altum Church.
I showed him the photos of the Church, I told the Holy Father that the “Duc in Altum” Church is being built to honor Mary Magdalene and the other women in the Gospel.”  The Pope responded: “What would the Church be without women?” 

On Wednesday, May 28, the first phase of the Magdala Center construction, consisting of the church and the archeological park, will be dedicated with a Mass presided by the
Pope Francis with Fr. Juan Solana LC
Pope Francis with Fr. Juan Solana LC
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal.  The tabernacle blessed by Pope Francis will be placed in the Church that afternoon.  The ceremony will be available via satellite and transmitted over the Internet on Wednesday, May 28, beginning at 5:00 PM (Israel time). Go to the following link for live streaming:



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