Feast in Manger Square: Christmas tree is lit in Bethlehem

There was a festive atmosphere in Bethlehem’s Manger Square. A large crowd filled the square in front of the Basilica of the Nativity for the Christmas tree lighting celebration on  [...]

A little more mercy in Jerusalem

A little later than in Rome, the Holy Door that had been opened at the Basilica of Agony in Gethsemane was solemnly closed on Saturday. Mons. Shomali, the auxiliary bishop  [...]

It’s Christmas, don’t forget Bethlehem!

This Christmas don’t forget Bethlehem. Remember Baby Jesus by supporting the needy children of Bethlehem, the place God chose to become a man. Here are some ways to help: 50 Euros:  [...]

The Custos of the Holy Land visits Washington, DC

Father Francesco Patton, the Franciscan Custos of the Holy Land, made his first visit as Custos to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, DC, at the beginning  [...]

The first Sunday of Advent and the presentation of the new fraternity of Bethlehem

In a church packed with faithful, the Custos of the Holy Land celebrated the first Sunday of Advent. At St. Catherine’s Church in Bethlehem, the 10 a.m. mass on November  [...]

In Bethlehem for the feast of St. Catherine and the beginning of Advent

The day that kicks off the 2016 Advent season began with a thought for peace. On November 26, before processing toward the solemn entrance in Bethlehem, the Custos of the  [...]

Children praying for peace: Letter from the Minister General and Custos of the Holy Land

Aleppo, 27 November 2016First Sunday of Advent To all the friars of the Order of Friars Minorto the Poor Clares,to the sisters to the brothers of the Secular Franciscan Order,and  [...]

Polish Prime Minister at the Holy Sepulcher

A Polish flag and a crowd of his countrymen welcomed the Polish Prime Minister in front of the Holy Sepulcher. On November 22, Beata Szydło, on an official visit to  [...]

With the Italian Episcopal Conference in schools to reduce violence among teens in Bethlehem

According to a recent study done by UNICEF, violence in Palestinian schools is growing: almost 50% of children assisted to episodes of violence in class, 51% admitted to have used  [...]

News from the Holy Land

 O blessed are those who love you, for they shall rejoice in your peace. (Tobias 13) DEAR FRIEND OF PRO TERRA SANCTA, find out our latest news from the Holy Land and about the  [...]
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