Brotherhood, coexistence, and acceptance: 800 years since the meeting between St. Francis and the Sultan

Terra Sancta College is the first school founded in Bethlehem and undoubtedly one of the first schools in the region. Active since the 16th century, thanks to the Order of Franciscan Friars Minor, who began their educational activities in the city of Bethlehem with two objectives: teaching children the principles of Christianity and focusing on foreign languages, English and Italian in particular, offering young people the possibility of a different life. Today the school has about 1180 students enrolled, 62 percent of whom are Christians and just over 38 percent of whom are Muslims.

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