News from the Holy Land

Jordan, the hard life of the Syrian and Iraqi refugees

January 2016

In Jordan, the Association pro Terra Sancta cooperates with the Franciscan Friars in Amman, the Latin parishes and other organizations to alleviate the humanitarian crisis of refugees fleeing from conflicted [...]

Let’s speak Italian in Jericho. A way to meet and share cultures

January 2016

Monday 4 June in Jericho, at the local library, an Italian course for local youths began. The initiative arose from a request of Osama Hamdam, Director of the Mosaic Centre Jericho. [...]

Jamila from Bethlehem, a grandmother in need

January 2016

Jamila lives in the center of the old city of Bethlehem. She has to perch the ladder that leads to a sunny courtyard to reach her home. Her house is [...]

The Custos' visit to communities in Bethlehem

January 2016

(from custodia.org) On January 5, the Custos, Br. Pierbattista Pizzaballa and the secretary of the Custody, Br. Sergio Galdi, left St. Catherine's Church after vespers. The program included visits to the [...]

Updates from Syria: what was done in 2015 and what we plan for this new year

January 2016

With the start of 2016 we are very happy to report a news published yesterday on the official website of the Custody of the Holy Land: Father Dhiya Azziz who had been [...]

Great Christmas celebrations at the Franciscan schools in Bethlehem

December 2015

All the Christian Schools in Bethlehem  have had great Christmas celebrations. On the 22nd of December also at the kindergarten of the Aida refugee Camp the children and their families, [...]

Syria: lost all contact again with Father Dhiya Azziz

December 2015

As from the morning of 23 December, we have lost all contact with Father Dhiya Azziz ofm, parish priest of Yacoubieh (Syria). Father Dhiya was travelling with a taxi car. [...]

Special Christmas wishes from Association pro Terra Sancta

December 2015

From the Christmas message of the Custos of the Holy Land, president of the Association pro Terra Sancta: “In Syria, Iraq, in the Holy Land, from the East to the West, [...]

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

P. Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM,
Custos of the Holy Land