ATS - pro Terra Sancta Association

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ATS pro Terra Sancta: an Association at the service of the Custody

ATS Pro Terra Sancta

Associazione di Terra Santa (ATS) is an NGO (non-profit non-governmental association) with the main purpose of supporting the work and initiatives of the Franciscans of the Custody of the Holy Land, who have been present in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Syria, Egypt and on the islands of Cyprus and Rhodes for almost eight centuries.

The ATS helps the Custody promote its sectors of activity and carry out specific projects in collaboration with public institutions and individuals. 

The initiatives and the projects promoted can be grouped together into the following areas of action:

  • Education: children, families, schools, vocational training
  • Assistance and Development: craftsmen, micro-businesses, job creation, construction and building maintenance – homes, churches, sanctuaries
  • Emergency Area: conflicts, support for minorities, the elderly
  • History and Culture: conservation and development of archaeological areas and the Holy Places, support for activities of study and research, protection the archival and museum heritage, publishing

The initiatives supported and undertaken have the aim of protecting Christian identity and concretely supporting the Christian minorities in the Holy Land and in the places dear to Christianity in the Middle East, where their living and working conditions are often particularly difficult.
In addition, the prime aim of all the projects promoted is to stimulate and increase the integration of the resident communities into different cultures and religious confessions, promoting a message of peace and dialogue.

Associazione di Terra Santa
Jaffa Gate P.O.B 14308
91142 Jerusalem Israel
Tel +972 2 627 1165
Fax +972 2 628 6417


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Donation with Credit Card online, on the site of our NGO Click here.

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ATS – pro Terra Sancta / Custody of the Holy Land

Banca Popolare Etica

IBAN: IT67 W050 18121010 0000 0122691


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"I also take this opportunity to express once again my gratitude, and that of the whole Church, to the Friars Minor of the Custody for their long-standing presence in these lands, for their joyous fidelity to the charisma of St. Francis, as well as for their generous care for the spiritual and material well-being of the local Christian communities and the countless pilgrims who visit the Holy Land every year." 
Benedict XVI

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Events calendar


Vigil of Christmas. Bethlehem: 13.30 Entrance of the Archbishop & I Vespers - 16.00 Procession - 23.30 Office & 00.00 Mass - 1.45 Procession to the Grotto


Nativity of the Lord. Bethlehem (St. Catherine): 10.00 Mass Shepherds' Field (Greek & Catholic): 14.00 Pilgrimage


Feast St. Stephen, Protomartyr. St. Stephen: 16.00 Pilgrimage


Feast of the Holy Innocents. Bethlehem:10.00 Mass - 14.00 II Vespers (Vicar CTS)


Octave of Christmas. Beit Sahour: Holy Angels ad pastores

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