With the aim of creating a television and multimedia centre capable of crossing denominational boundaries and covering cultural and religious events within the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Churches as well as Judaism and Islam, and especially to “live out” the holy places of salvation where everything began, the Custody of the Holy Land created the Franciscan Media Center.
Opened in 2008 at the Terra Sancta College in Western Jerusalem, the Franciscan Media Centre was created with the aim of showcasing the beauty and richness of the Holy Land, so often forgotten amongst media reports of violence and division.
What the world knows and sees of this place is what the media reports every day: division, fear, suffering and conflict. But all this doesn’t diminish the image of the Land of God and all its historical, cultural, human and spiritual vitality. Hence the need to tell another ‘story’: to send out detailed and up-to-date information on the happenings and events, both secular and religious, that are taking place here.
In order to carry out its mission, the Franciscan Media Centre uses advanced technologies and a staff of expert journalists, cameramen and video makers capable of creating news reports, but also of transmitting live celebrations from the holy places.
THE HOLY LAND THAT WE SHARE WITH YOU …
The goal of the FMC is to communicate the Holy Land through pictures, giving a voice and a visibility to the Mother Church of Jerusalem, to the local Christians, and to the holy places, with a particular emphasis on the Franciscan presence.
This is the Holy Land that we share with you in our videos
- The Holy Sites and their history... archaeology, faith, liturgy;
- Church events and the life of the Mother Church of Jerusalem;
- The Christians of the Holy Land;
- Ecumenism and the diversified face of a Christianity represented by some 13 churches;
- Pilgrims and their unique experience of faith;
- The Custody of the Holy Land and the social and pastoral works of the Franciscans;
- The apostolic activity of the congregations and religious communities present in the Holy Land;
- Signs of hidden solidarity, encounters and coexistence in the midst of the difficult daily routine of Israelis and Palestinians;
- Cultural and social events;
- Knowledge and study of other faiths and other traditions, in a multicultural and multi-religious context that is absolutely unique in the world;
- Interreligious dialogue;
- New archaeological discoveries;
- Insights, interviews, and “Christian” points of view on relevant facts of political or social actuality.