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To make cribs in the land of Jesus

To make cribs in the land of Jesus

December 2017

Following a proposal made many years ago by the great Franciscan archaeologist, Fr. Michele Piccirillo, today Maurizio Enrico Villa has decided to export the art of the crib from Italy [...]

To the Sheperds’ Field  with Fr. Josè Maria

To the Sheperds’ Field with Fr. Josè Maria

November 2017

“We live in the hands of Providence”, with these words Father José Maria Falo Espés starts telling us about his life experience as the Guardian of the Franciscan shrine of [...]

Faith, Hope and Charity in Aleppo. Last stop of our trip to Syria

Faith, Hope and Charity in Aleppo. Last stop of our trip to Syria

November 2017

The last stop of our trip to Syria is the most painful and surprising one. The wounds of war are still very visible. Yet Aleppo is trying to cure them, [...]

Oasis of charity in Damascus. First stop of our trip to Syria

Oasis of charity in Damascus. First stop of our trip to Syria

November 2017

We arrive in Damascus after sunset and the show is amazing: that of an illuminated city. Only six months ago it seemed impossible, but electricity does not seem to be [...]

New Homes for Aleppo

New Homes for Aleppo

November 2017

“This new house is a stroke of God to my life.” Mrs. Mayada kept on repeating it while she showed us her house. She told us when she welcomed us, [...]

With Rozan and Dima at the Terra Sancta Museum

With Rozan and Dima at the Terra Sancta Museum

October 2017

"The museum will be a source of social development for the local population": this is one of the goals set by the former Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Pierbattista [...]

Aleppo: We have to rebuild everything, but we are not alone

Aleppo: "We have to rebuild everything, but we are not alone"

October 2017

Aleppo was a great city, then came death and blood, and destruction. But there are also many signs of a great hope. Monsignor Abou Khazen, Bishop of the Latin Church [...]

“Something that remains alive in our hearts”: the Middle East Community Program 2017

“Something that remains alive in our hearts”: the Middle East Community Program 2017

September 2017

“In order to get to know a place, it is necessary to meet and speak with people who live in it”. This was the first impression of the students that [...]