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The engineers and phase two: starting from the houses to rebuild the future.
16 March 2023
by Andrea Avveduto
The engineers and phase two: starting from the houses to rebuild the future.
Diego puts the spirit level to the floor. He checks it deeply. Then, sorrowful, “There’s nothing to do, the floor clearly slopes to the left. The ground has given way. And this building has to be demolished.” It is a story often repeated in the reconnaissance of engineers reviewing houses in Aleppo. Bruno hits the […]
<strong>Sanctions and humanitarian aid in Syria: a complex balance</strong>
15 March 2023
by Veronica Brocca
Sanctions and humanitarian aid in Syria: a complex balance
A few days after the tragedy of the earthquake that devastated Turkey and northern Syria, the public debate has often focused on a very controversial issue, which at this particular moment constitutes one of the main obstacles to humanitarian aid in Syria: international economic sanctions. In these years of war and again recently Association Pro […]
Earthquake in Syria: damage to our facilities
02 March 2023
by Veronica Brocca
Earthquake in Syria: damage to our facilities
In northern Syria, the rubble left by the war is covered by that of the earthquake. Or rather, earthquakes, which since February 6 have shaken the ground at least 9 thousand times with aftershocks. Victims in Turkey and Syria have exceeded the tragic threshold of 50,000 people. More than half a million people have been […]
Earthquake in Turkey and Syria: inadequate aid, displaced people in the streets
21 February 2023
by Giacomo Pizzi
Earthquake in Turkey and Syria: inadequate aid, displaced people in the streets
“Everything is still shaking here, we don’t know what to do anymore! All of Aleppo is in the streets!” Last night, at 8 p.m. local time, about two weeks after the earthquake of February the 6th a second quake of 6.5 magnitude struck Turkey and Syria with epicenter between Antioch in Turkey and Latakia, a […]
Earthquake emergency: the stories of those who lived it
15 February 2023
by Giacomo Pizzi
Earthquake emergency: the stories of those who lived it
More than a week has passed and still not all the victims of this earthquake have been extracted from the rubble. These days our staff is relentlessly helping the populations of Aleppo, Latakia, Knayeh and Yacoubieh. The emergency centers welcome more than 4,000 people every day through the provision of food, medicine, blankets and other […]
Earthquake in Syria: our story continues from Knayeh and Latakia
09 February 2023
by Veronica Brocca
Earthquake in Syria: our story continues from Knayeh and Latakia
«The Lord truly saved me from certain death. My church with much of the convent is out of order. Sadly, so many neighbors have died.». So says in a message on whastapp Father Louai Bsharat, a Franciscan friar in the village of Knayeh, Syria. The first news has arrived from the villages controlled by jihadist […]
In Aleppo, the digging continues between aid and solidarity
07 February 2023
by Veronica Brocca
In Aleppo, the digging continues between aid and solidarity
“I tried to contact my mother and father, but they didn’t answer me because they had left their phones at home to escape into the street. I thought they were dead. But then I saw them in the street … thank God.” With a broken voice, the young Muna from Aleppo remembers the terrible moments […]
Syria: 2022 the worst year in humanitarian terms
03 February 2023
by Veronica Brocca
Syria: 2022 the worst year in humanitarian terms
In the cruelest of silences, Syria is approaching its 12th anniversary of war. The year just past reveals all the tragedy that the Syrian people and refugees still have to endure. 2022 is the year in which fewer casualties have been recorded in Syria since the outbreak of civil war on March 15, 2011. Very […]
<strong>A new floor for the Holy Sepulchre</strong>
27 January 2023
by Veronica Brocca
A new floor for the Holy Sepulchre
Many will remember the famous photograph taken just over nine months ago in the Anastasis, the heart of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre. The image (photo 1) portrays the heads of the Greek Orthodox, Latin Catholic and Armenian Apostolic Churches lifting a stone of the ancient floor with pickaxes. The gesture marked the beginning […]
The Civil Service with Pro Terra Sancta
20 January 2023
by Veronica Brocca
The Civil Service with Pro Terra Sancta
The Department for Youth Policies and the Universal Civil Service have published the call for the selection of 71,550 volunteer operators to be employed in Universal Civil Service projects. There are many young people who over the years have put themselves on the line to live a year to discover the reality of Pro Terra […]
Beginning and end of Christmas in Bethlehem: Catholics and Orthodox celebrate it with joy
12 January 2023
by Veronica Brocca
Beginning and end of Christmas in Bethlehem: Catholics and Orthodox celebrate it with joy
Bagpipes, drums, trumpets and flags were the backdrop to the festive day of Friday, January 6 in Bethlehem. Numerous scout groups from the Holy Land gathered along the streets of the Palestinian city to celebrate the Eve of Orthodox Christmas, which is celebrated thirteen days after the Catholic one. At the same time, the Gregorian […]
THE CHRISTMAS OF BETHLEHEM. A unique journey through the streets and works of the city of Jesus.
22 December 2022
by Veronica Brocca
THE CHRISTMAS OF BETHLEHEM. A unique journey through the streets and works of the city of Jesus.
“Joseph and Mary are united by a single imperative: ‘Do not be afraid!’ They are united by a single mission: to collaborate with God so that salvation can be introduced into the history of Israel and humanity through Jesus”. These are the words of the Custos of the Holy Land and president of the Pro […]
&#8220;Sowing what children lack&#8221;: Sister Luisa&#8217;s kindergarten in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem
19 December 2022
by Veronica Brocca
“Sowing what children lack”: Sister Luisa’s kindergarten in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem
“Our kindergarten gives joy to those who knock on our door.” Thus begins the story of Sister Luisa, for three years director of St. Catherine’s kindergarten in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem. Sister Luisa was born in al-Zarqa in Jordan, studied many years in Rome and speaks fluent Italian and English. Like many charitable […]
Journey to discover the Mosaic Centre in Bethlehem
08 December 2022
by Giacomo Pizzi
Journey to discover the Mosaic Centre in Bethlehem
In the heart of Bethlehem, in the picturesque street of Star Street, already decorated in these days for the Christmas holidays, is the Mosaic Centre. It is a non-profit organization, supported by Pro Terra Sancta, committed to the promotion and preservation of Palestinian cultural heritage. History and objectives of the project The establishment of the […]
The life of an elderly man in Lebanon today: the story of Michel Rassam
02 December 2022
by Veronica Brocca
The life of an elderly man in Lebanon today: the story of Michel Rassam
When we set foot in Michel’s house, we immediately understand that the situation is much more serious than expected. My colleague from Pro Terra Sancta in Lebanon and I find it hard to hide our sorrow for the conditions in which the elder Michel Rassam is forced to live. Dirt and disorder reign supreme in […]
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