Pro Terra Sancta Network:
Include an exclusive visit to one of the many projects of Association pro Terra Sancta to your pilgrimage or tour.
One of the field workers of the Association pro Terra Sancta, will show and guide you through a project.
A tour of the Christian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, where the Custody of the Holy Land continues to rent, for symbolic amounts, the residences owns to the neediest families. An opportunity to deepen one’s historical and cultural knowledge, and to learn about the housing crisis in the Holy City. Passing among the houses, terraces, roofs and workshops will give you the opportunity to see first hand the reality and the difficulties experienced by the Christians who live just a few steps from the Holy Sepulchre.
Length: 1-2 hours.
An itinerary for deepening one’s understanding of the history of the Franciscan presence in this land through the rich heritage acquired over the centuries by the Custody of the Holy Land. The itinerary includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum of the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, guided by young archaeologists, and/or a visit to the General Library of the Custody of the Holy Land and its ancient collections.
Length: 2-4 hours.
In the town of Bethlehem the projects focus on providing support to the weakest elements of the population: children, young families and the elderly. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the local community, the problems and hopes of those who today live in the city in which Jesus was born. You will be able to visit a number of the social initiatives such as the Franciscan schools, the home for the elderly managed by the sisters of the Anthonian Charitable Society, and the Catholic Action Center.
Length: 1-3 hours.
A journey to discover the art of mosaic, between past and present. The route includes three stages: the Mosaic Center, a workshop with which Association pro Terra Sancta has collaborated for a number of years and that employs a number of youths from Jericho to study, restore and produce mosaics; Hisham Palace, an Umayyad complex dating from the eighth century in which can be found a splendid mosaic representing the tree of life; and the Byzantine church of St. Andrew – built above the house of Zacchaeus – with its floor mosaics.
Length: half day. It is also possible to organize a meeting at the Franciscan Parish of the Good Shepherd, with a visit to the school operated by the Custody of the Holy Land.
In Sabastiya (near Nablus) a model project has been in operation for several years, focusing not only on preserving the archaeological park – among the most interesting in Samaria – but also on encouraging the participation of the local community.
After visiting the archaeological and artistic treasures of Sabastiya – including the tomb of John the Baptist, according to tradition located here – you will have the opportunity to meet those who have learned to enhance these treasures and to manage them as a precious resource: the youths, women, workers and restorers of the village.
Length: half day. Possibility of organizing a typical Palestinian meal prepared by the women of the village, or to stay at the wonderful guesthouse operated by local youths with the support of the Mosaic Center Jericho and Association pro Terra Sancta.
A visit to the projects of Association pro Terra Sancta is a way of meeting up close with the mission of the Franciscan friars in the Holy Land, who are working to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of the Holy Places while supporting the local Christian communities.