Ein Karem, Jerusalem
The Church of Saint John the Baptist in Ein Karem, Jerusalem, belongs to the Franciscan order. It was built at the site where it is believed John the Baptist was born.
Zechariah's song Luke 1:68-79
announces the birth of John the Baptist and proclaims God's faithfulness and salvation.
At the site, pilgrims read Zechariah’s prophecy in English and in Korean.
They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?” – Luke 24:32
The encounter on the Road to Emmaus is described in Luke 24:13-35
Since 1993, the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes has taken care of Emmaus-Nicopolis, receiving pilgrims and visitors. The site includes ruins from the Roman and Byzantine periods.
Nebi Samuel, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, is the traditional tomb of prophet Samuel, with ruins from the Hasmonean period through the time of the Crusaders. There is a synagogue and a mosque on the site.
Nebi Samuel is the last site pilgrims visited as a group, and with the city of Ramallah, the administrative capital of Palestine, in the distance, prayed for peace.