Domus Galilaeae, Tiberias

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Domus Galilaeae or House of Galilee, located on the peak of Mount of Beatitudes, above and north of Capernaum and the Sea of Galilee, is a Christian meeting place used for seminars and conventions. On his pilgrimage to Israel in 2000, Pope John Paul II visited Domus Galilaeae and said he hoped it would become a place for interreligious dialogue.
Run by the Catholic organisation Neocatechumenal Way, Domus Galilaeae employs about 150 persons full-time, including laborers, technicians, and volunteers. There are 37 Arab Christian workers, 32 Arab Muslims, 21 Jewish technicians, 20 Druzes, and 10 Maronites.
The building was constructed in a short period of time, with the first stone being laid in January 1999 and the opening of the site taking place in 2000. It was inaugurated by the Pope John Paul II in his Millennium visit to the Holy Land. In the center of the library is an ancient Torah. The architect used traditional Tuscan building stone, "pietra serena" limestone and "pietra forte colombino" sandstone, polished and processed with great attention to detail.
The center is envisaged as a place where Christians will learn about the living tradition of Israel, following the footsteps of early Christian saints "who returned to their Hebrew roots to understand the meaning of prayer, of feasts, and Hebrew liturgies". John Paul II, who exemplified a new era of affinity between Catholics and Jews, emphasized the need to appreciate Jewish roots in order to live-out authentic Christianity; he explicitly endorsed the continuing life and vitality of the Jewish faith and prayed for Jewish continuance.
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  • The Domus Galiaeae International Center is the formation and retreat house of the Catholic Camino Neocatecumenal. It is a very attractive development located on a hill above the Galilea Sea that is re...  more »
  • Location incalent staff great food from ten and praises and then the view on this mountain is something unique I recommend it to everyone
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  • More than impressive: an amazing building for those who want to study the Holly Bible, to serve God, to pray for our souls. On the beach of the Kinneret lake, this massive structure looks more than well, the architect demonstrates that he had great skills, great imagination and power to communicate with the monks. There you may also discover a great library, an incredible garden, a famous and monumental statue of the Pope John Paul the Second and so on... You have to see it, it is one of the most beautiful places from Israel - the Holly Land of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
  • Part of a sectarian movement inside the Catholic Church, Neocatechumenal Way. I disagree strongly with their teachings.
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