News from the Holy Land

Inauguration of the new Monastery of St. Francis ad Coenaculum

October 2014

The renovation project, which started in March 2012, has been carried out for more than two years by workers from the Custody's Technical office as part of the project “Jerusalem, [...]

Books, Bridges of Peace presents: “MFH Manuscripta Franciscana Hierosolymitana. Selected Exhibition”

October 2014

On 23 October at 09:oo am, in the presence of the Custos of the Holy Land, the Very Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the inauguration of “MFH Manuscripta Franciscana Hierosolymitana. Selected Exhibition” [...]

Syria: fr. Hanna Jallouf released

October 2014

On Oct. 10th the Franciscan has been brought back to the convent of Knayeh and he is doing well. The pastor of the Latin Church in a village in [...]

The musicians of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia play for the Holy Land: Ruggiero, a violinist for the Accademia, recounts how the idea was born

October 2014

“My name is Ruggiero and I am a violinist, a member of the orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. I have recently returned with a group of ten [...]

Syria: parish priest fr Hanna and 20 Christians abducted

October 2014

On the night of 5 October a number of rebels linked to Al-Nusra Jahbat entered the Convent of St. Joseph in Knayeh, near the Turkish border, and kidnapped the Franciscan [...]

In Jordan, support for Christian refugees fleeing the wars in Syria and Iraq

October 2014

Umm George, of Armenian origin, is a septuagenarian Iraqi woman who escaped from the war in the 1990s to take care of her husband who had been injured during the [...]

The Baby Jesus Guest House is opening in Bethlehem

October 2014

Set on a hill in the high ground that surrounds Bethlehem, the Antonian Charitable Society building is one of those hidden but appealing oases of the city in which Jesus [...]

In Milan, a new headquarters for Association pro Terra Sancta

September 2014

The new headquarters of Association pro Terra Sancta has been officially inaugurated in Milan. The new premises, located in the monastery on the piazza Sant'Angelo, was blessed by padre Francesco [...]

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Holy Land