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