May 2016

Report 2015

Our “Annual Report 2015, Prospects and Priorities 2016-2017” is now available online. The report presents all our activities, carried out thanks to your help and the voluntary support of several experts in various fields.

With these words of our President Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa OFM, Custos of the Holy Land, we would like to thank all those who have supported and keep on supporting us. We would also like to thank the friars of the Custody of the Holy Land with whom we work. They are for us a constant testimony of tireless service and of absolute gratuitousness.

But our action must be accompanied by a deep and serene conviction that for it to bear fruit, it must be united to the action of Christ. “Each act of solidarity and union with other humans continues Jesus’ solidarity with all humanity, but were this to end, it would be evidence of the supreme failure since it is precisely this solidarity that is consumed and becomes perfect in the death of the Cross. Te death of the Cross is the way to resurrection and the resurrection is no longer the solidarity of Jesus with men, but the union of men with the risen Jesus. Each act of solidarity with men, each union with them is the means and the necessary way to the union of men with God; if it does not lead to this it is vain, it does not save, it only makes us participants in pain, in poverty, of death; it does not give us life.”

We are in need of everything in the Middle East: financial, military and political aid, mediation, and support. But above all we need to still believe that it is possible to love one another. Te testimonies tell us that, despite everything, thanks to the little ones this force is still alive. Tanks also to your help, and with the simplicity of the little ones you have given us the strength – and the concrete possibility – to remain here, in the name of and for the entire universal Church.

Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, ofm

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