Archbishop Broglio Leads Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Spiritual journey closes the Year of Faith

WASHINGTON, D.C.—His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, embarks Friday on an eight-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Archbishop Broglio will lead an entourage of 35 pilgrims to sacred Christian sites throughout Israel, including Joppa, Nazareth, Cana, Capernaum, Caesarea Philippi, Tiberias, Jericho, Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Emmaus.

Accompanying the archbishop will be Auxiliary Bishop Neal J. Buckon along with nearly a dozen Catholic U.S. military chaplains as well as staffers and lay people from the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS). The pilgrimage culminates next Thursday in a farewell dinner with the Most Reverend Gieseppe Lazzarotto, J.C.D., Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Apostolic Delegate to Jerusalem and Palestine.

The pilgrimage is timed to coincide with the close of the Year of Faith, the 13-month period declared by Pope Benedict XVI to summon Catholics the world over to conversion and a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. The Oct. 11, 2012-Nov. 24, 2013 Year of Faith ends on Sunday, when Archbishop Broglio will celebrate Mass at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth, where the Blessed Virgin Mary received God’s invitation to be the Mother of the Savior.

The AMS was created as an independent archdiocese by Pope John Paul II in 1985 as the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting faculties for priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. military and VA Medical Centers.

AMS-endorsed priests serve at more than 220 U.S. military installations in 29 countries, making the AMS the nation’s only global archdiocese. AMS-endorsed chaplains also serve at 153 VA Medical Centers throughout the U.S.

The AMS service population also includes American Catholic civilians working for the federal government in 134 countries, but currently, due to limited resources, the AMS cannot adequately serve this population.

Worldwide, an estimated 1.8 million Catholics depend on the AMS to meet their spiritual and sacramental needs.

For more information on the Archdiocese for the Military Services, visit, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, MM.

Contact: Taylor Henry
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