NEWS

7 August 2020

Emergency in Lebanon. We must act now

A kilometer and a half from the center of the blast, the Franciscan friary in Beirut suffered great damage, but thanks to God all the friars are well. “Fra Angelico’s room overlooking the port was destroyed, he was in the churc...
31 July 2020

New mosaic restored in Bethany

Naame restores the 4th century mosaic, Ranan passes the protective material on the new mosaic made by the boys and girls of the Mosaic Centre, Raed checks the quality of the installation. A little further on, Adeel and Ahmad are in charge ...
28 July 2020

Ceramic for life: a new ceramic course for the women of Samaria

We knock on the door of the pottery workshop of Nisf Jubeil, the small village near the ancient city of Sebastia. The girls from the centre greet us shyly, asking for time to put the veil back on their heads. In a female-only environment, ...
24 July 2020

A tale of another Jerusalem. How the virus changed the city I know

The Jerusalem that I see in these months is very different from the Jerusalem that welcomed me three years ago, at the beginning of my journey as a volunteer in the Pro Terra Sancta Association. The lively and colourful streets of the Old ...
21 July 2020

Bethlehem: fighting the pandemic with solidarity

The health and economic crisis in Israel and Palestine is worsening because of Covid-19. “In Israel there is a daily growth of about 1,200 cases and in Palestine of over 400” says Vincenzo Bellomo, head of the projects of the A...
17 July 2020

Nazareth: the parish reaction to Covid

Since August 2019 Father Marwan has been the parish priest of Nazareth. After managing the Terra Santa Schools and the House of the Child in Bethlehem for many years, he now continues his mission in Galilee, in the Israeli city with the hi...
10 July 2020

Lebanon: the crisis, the protests and the covid lockdown. And now poverty

Even the lockdown didn’t stop the protests in Lebanon. It is not only about online activism, in fact these days the population has taken to the streets again. Since October 17, 2019, there has been a long-standing discontent in the ...
7 July 2020

Covid-19 in Bethlehem: towards a new lockdown

Covid-19 cases in Bethlehem and more generally in Palestine have been increasing worryingly for some weeks. The registered number today is 3,485, higher than in March, when the local authorities decided to isolate Bethlehem and declare a s...
30 June 2020

Fr. Hanna from the Idlib province: “Things are getting worse everyday”

The appeal of Father Hanna, the parish priest of Knayeh in the missions of the Orontes in Syria, is poignant: “Unfortunately things are not going very well here”, he said with honest simplicity. The villages of Knaye and Yacoub...
26 June 2020

The sanctuaries of St. John the Baptist in the Holy Land Hidden places to discover

The history of the cult of St. John the Baptist in the Holy Land, which is celebrated on 24 June, begins in the 4th century and takes place mainly in the sanctuaries erected above the presumed places of birth, ministry and death. In this s...
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