We have just returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land organised by the The Holy Land Commissariat in Malta and led by the Franciscan friars who are the official custodians of the Holy Places.

This proved to be an enriching experience for us all and Fr Anthony Chircop OFM, the Franciscan Commissary of the Holy Land in Malta, who has lived in and knows the Holy Land very well, was our expert guide and spiritual animator.

Despite all the present unrest in Middle East regions, we felt very safe and welcomed at all the places we visited and the progress of our pilgrimage was in noway affected.

We therefore encourage all those who have been longing to visit the Holy Land to take the first opportunity they come across and join in one of these Franciscan pilgrimages.

Furthermore, these pilgrimages help to enhance the Christian presence in the Holy Land and are a way to show solidarity with the local Christian population.