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At Christmas Time a Return to the Beginning": the fund-raising campaign in favor of Bethlehem is returning

For the fourth year in succession, ATS pro Terra – The NGO of the Custody of the
Holy Land – is launching a Christmas fund-raising campaign in support of Bethlehem
and the needs of the poorest there.

The campaign is entitled “At Christmas Time a Return to the Beginning”: an
initiative in which everyone is invited to support the Franciscans of the Custody of
the Holy Land and their works to aid the most fragile amongst the living stones of
Bethlehem: children, young families and the elderly.

ATS pro Terra Sancta’s projects in Bethlehem:

– BETHLEHEM AND THE CHILDREN OF THE HOLY LAND: in a social context that is
frequently difficult, this project aims to confront the educational and health
emergency, providing children from poor families and those suffering from
disabilities or learning difficulties with the opportunity for personal growth and
social inclusion.

– BETHLEHEM IS ALSO FOR THE ELDERLY: Supporting the efforts of the Gianelline
Sisters of the Antonian Charitable Society in Bethlehem, ATS pro Terra Sancta seeks
to help meet the needs of the elderly, who often have been left to their own devices
and effectively ignored by a social system that fails to provide adequate health
care.

How you can participate

Leave it to your imagination! Each year, to raise funds, large numbers of Friends of
the Holy Land organize “solidarity” dinners, concerts to support the Holy Land,
meetings devoted to the theme of Bethlehem, school fairs, simple collections in
support of the needy of Bethlehem.

We invite everyone to distribute information about the Christmas Campaign throughout
parishes and to associations and groups of friends: a poster and fact sheet are
provided as attachments.

To keep yourself up-to-date and to tell about your initiatives

ATS pro Terra Sancta is also launching its Christmas Campaign on Facebook, involving
all its friends in an event symbolically scheduled for 25 December 2012. From now
until Christmas, you can participate in this event, view the photos and the updates
for the Bethlehem projects, tell about your initiatives in support of the Christmas
Campaign, and interact with other Friends of the Holy Land.

And this year a new feature: The Sun offers an exceptional endorsement for the
Christmas Campaign.

The Italian rock band “The Sun”, which has strong links to Bethlehem and the Holy
Land, will be the face of this year’s Christmas Campaign. Having been in close
contact with the Bethlehem community during its visit in October 2012, the band let
it be known that it would be happy to make itself available to give voice to those
who are the weakest – the children, young families and elderly of Bethlehem.

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