News from the Holy Land

The “real” balm of Jerusalem: journey through the old medical books of the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land

October 2015

From: custodia.org This month, the Library of the Custody of the Holy Land published a “virtual” exhibit on its official website entitled, “The ‘real’ balm of Jerusalem.” A total of 27 books [...]

New volunteers at Association pro Terra Sancta meet the Custos: “Thank you for your availability”

October 2015

On Friday 2 October, the new volunteers of the Association pro Terra Sancta, met for the first time with father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land and president of the [...]

The Middle East Community program: speaking the participants to the first edition which has just ended

September 2015

The first edition of the Middle East Community Program has just ended with great success. The program which is for university students from abroad, offers an opportunity to get depth [...]

Syria: food and medicines reach Aleppo, thanks to a project funded by the Italian Cooperation for development

September 2015

The people in Aleppo (Syria) have received consistent material aids during the last few months. Here the ongoing conflict is still particularly harsh. The 60-70% of the population is unemployed [...]

The opening of the Terra Sancta Organ Festival 2015

September 2015

From today 18 September to 30 October 2015 the Terra Sancta Organ Festival 2015 –Music from the Churches of the Middle East – will take place. It is the only organ [...]

Meeting at the Vatican to discuss Syrian aids. The Association pro Terra Sancta was also present

September 2015

Today - Thursday, September 17th 2015 – at the Vatican, the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” held a meeting for all Catholic charities dealing with the Syrian crisis. In attendance was [...]

Aleppo: the arrival of equipment and medicines is alleviating the health crisis

September 2015

In Aleppo, a city particularly hard hit during the years of war, there are today only four functioning hospitals; approximately 50% of doctors have fled abroad, and dozens of health [...]

Excavations at the Sanctuary of St. Lazarus in Bethany

September 2015

Images from the excavation in Bethany, the place of the resurrection of Lazarus. The work has been completed through a project that involves the collaboration of the Association pro Terra Sancta, the Custody [...]

"Guarding means, above all, to love, care for and hold close to one’s heart"

P. Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM,
Custos of the Holy Land