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Bethany. At the Franciscan monastery, an Iftar of hospitality, friendship and brotherhood

Bethany. At the Franciscan monastery, an Iftar of "hospitality, friendship and brotherhood"

June 2019

The tables occupy the churchyard of Bethany, the city a few miles from Jerusalem where Lazarus, Martha and Mary lived. Everything is ready to begin, for the second consecutive year [...]

SpecialItaly Palestine: story of a very important collaboration between Italy and Bethlehem

SpecialItaly Palestine: story of a very important collaboration between Italy and Bethlehem

June 2019

Specialitaly Palestina is the name of the inclusive development project for the tourism sector in Beit Sahour and Bethlehem. Head of the project is the Municipality of Comacchio which proposes [...]

You have done it unto me: the witness of Fr. Firas Lutfi from Aleppo

"You have done it unto me": the witness of Fr. Firas Lutfi from Aleppo

June 2019

Instead of studying and playing, learning art and music, Syrian children have lost all means for normal and dignified growth due to the war. Instead of having fun and playing, [...]

Together to Ein Karem, the town of the Magnificat

Together to Ein Karem, the town of the Magnificat

May 2019

The village of Ein Karem is located a few kilometers from Jerusalem. In this wooded and quiet area according to Christian tradition the Virgin Mary went to visit her cousin [...]

The beautiful Iftar with the women of Bethany

The beautiful Iftar with the women of Bethany

May 2019

The Arabic term Iftar indicates the moment in which the Muslim faithful start drinking and eating again after having spent the day in complete fast from dawn to sunset. Fasting [...]

Deepening the history of the dialogue between St. Francis and the Sultan, to rediscover it today

Deepening the history of the dialogue between St. Francis and the Sultan, to rediscover it today

May 2019

On the occasion of the eighth centenary of the meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt Al-Malik Al Kamil which took place in Damietta in 1219, [...]

A witness from Idlib, Syria: bombs have been falling for days, but we shall not leave

A witness from Idlib, Syria: "bombs have been falling for days, but we shall not leave"

May 2019

"Bombs have been falling for days a few kilometers from here, we are fine, but the situation gets worse every day. The Valley of the Orontes river is almost deserted, [...]

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2018

May 2019

The General Assembly of the Association pro Terra Sancta met in Jerusalem on May 1st to update the members on the strong development of the Association in the past year [...]