January 2012

Emergency housing for Christian families in the Old City of Jerusalem

Jerusalem/foto by Giovanni ZennaroFor a number of years the Custody of the Holy Land, with the support of ATS pro Terra Sancta and countless donors large and small, has pursued the objective of maintaining alive the Christian presence in the Holy City. The project “Jerusalem, Stones of Memory” was designed to improve the housing conditions of disadvantaged families in Jerusalem, renovating their homes where required and at the same time creating employment opportunities for the local population.

The importance of dealing with the housing problem from the point of view of enrooting the Christian community in the Holy Land emerged clearly in the words of Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, in an interview accorded to Radio Vatican on the occasion of the Holy Land Coordination Meeting. Referring to the Latin Patriarch’s commitment to the theme of housing for Christian families, Patriarch Fouad stated that:

“Among all the things we need, housing and accommodation projects are the most urgent but also the most expensive. A family, by itself, will never have the possibility to have a house, and I am launching a new appeal to those who are able to help. We cannot place this responsibility on a single person, a church, a diocese … But if each diocese can commit to giving an apartment to a Christian family, this will make things much easier and will certainly give a large number of young Christian families the possibility to remain and avoid the temptation to emigrate. What is needed is a clear sensitivity, a sense of responsibility, a sense of communion between us and you, and we will be very grateful.” [Radio Vatican]


The project dedicated to the housing emergency, in which for a number of years the Custody of the Holy Land has been involved, can be visited at the following web site: www.jerusalemstonesofmemory.org.

share facebook twitter google pinterest print send
related stories

Supporting the Christian presence in the Old City of Jerusalem: a building restored (April 2015)

Video: Life in the Old City of Jerusalem (April 2015)

“What have I accomplished here?”: the testimony of Alice, a volunteer in Jerusalem (January 2015)

Inauguration of the new Monastery of St. Francis ad Coenaculum (October 2014)

New work for the team of workers in the Old City of Jerusalem: the mission of the Custody of the Holy Land is renewed as a sign of continuity (September 2014)

Bethlehem and the children of the Holy Land (August 2014)

Our House in Jerusalem and Bethlehem (July 2014)

Four new apartments have been finished for the Arab Christian community in Jerusalem: The Living Stones of Memory (June 2014)

“I want to live here where Jesus lived: the Christian voices of the Old City of Jerusalem (June 2014)

The Mount of Olives: preservation for a sustainable development (June 2014)

A new look for the Church chancel and vestry at Bethphage Sanctuary (May 2014)

St John’s Sanctuary in Ain Karen: work to build a new welcome room for pilgrims (April 2014)

Egypt: aid to the Christian community (March 2014)

Holy Sepulchre: center of the world (March 2014)

Books, Bridges of Peace in Jerusalem (February 2014)

Claudia Koll supports ATS pro Terra Sancta with the Living Stones of Jerusalem project (January 2014)

The story of Peter and Farida: helping a family means helping the small Christian community in Jerusalem (October 2013)

A month in the Old City of Jerusalem helping Christian families: “a unique experience” (August 2013)

The project “Housing and Social Emergency in the Old City of Jerusalem” comes to an end: here are the results (July 2013)

The workers on the project “Jerusalem, Stones of Memory” in action in Nazareth (July 2013)