Biblical Magdala, rejuvenated

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July 22, 2015 17:25

With a stunning view of the Kinneret, a Catholic spiritual center offers cultural encounters and religious experiences at the crossroads of Jewish and Christian history.

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Magdala

Magdala. (photo credit: COURTESY MAGDALA)

Magdala, the once-abandoned seaside town on the shore of Lake Kinneret and several kilometers from Tiberias, is said to have been home to the New Testament figure Mary Magdalene. Today, this former fishing town is enjoying somewhat of a revival, thanks to the vision and effort of Father Juan Maria Solana, director of the Pontifical Institute Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center.

Solana, of Puebla, Mexico, was assigned to the position in 2004. His original plan was to build a retreat for Christian pilgrims visiting the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee), since it was in the Galilee that Jesus did most of his teaching.

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