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Domus Galilaeae or House of Galilee (Hebrew: בית הגליל‎), 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, run by the Neocatechumenal Way. 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.[1]

Domus Galilaeae
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Domus Galilaeae
AffiliationRoman Catholic
LeadershipNeocatechumenal Way
LocationIsrael Mount of Beatitudes, Israel
Jesus and the 12 apostles in Domus Galileae



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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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  1. ^ Cardinal O'Malley: Domus Galilaeae in Israel
  2. ^ Domus galilaeae website
  3. ^ Domus Galilaeae architecture
  4. ^ O'Brien, Darcy. The Hidden Pope - The Untold Story of a Lifelong Friendship That Is Challenging the relationship between catholics and Jews. The Personal Journey of John Paul II and Jerzy Kluger, Daybreak Books, New York, 1998. ISBN 0-87596-478-8 (page 378)

Coordinates: 32°54′7.79″N 35°33′6.4″E / 32.9021639°N 35.551778°E / 32.9021639; 35.551778