News from the Holy Land

Bethlehem: the elderly of Antonian Charitable Society celebrate World Day of the Sick

February 2016

Today 11 February the 24th WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2016 is solemnly celebrated in Nazareth. In the meantime, various celebrations took place in the Holy Land. On Monday His Eminence William Shomali, Archbishop of Jerusalem [...]

Syria. Thousands flee Aleppo offensive. The Pope’s new call for peace.

February 2016

I hope that, with generous solidarity, they are lent the necessary help to ensure their survival and dignity and I appeal to the international community to not save any effort [...]

Nazareth: ready for the twenty-fourth World Day of the Sick

February 2016

On the 6th of February a Papal Delegation has arrived in the Holy Land for the twenty-fourth World Day of the Sick which will take place in Nazareth on Thursday, [...]

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 [...]

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

P. Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM,
Custos of the Holy Land