Story of the Holy Land

Vocations “come and follow me”

Story of the Holy Land

Restoration of a fresco painting

The project “Story of the Holy Land” is part of a series of initiatives promoted by the Custody of the Holy Land aiming to preserve the “memory stones”, Christian cultural sites in the Holy Land, and support the “living stones”, the Christians of the Holy Land. The aim of the planned activities in the Holy Land is to file, preserve and take a census of the cultural heritage of the Custody of the Holy Land which has, for the past eight centuries, and in the name of all Christianity, taken an interest in salvaging and guarding the Christian Holy Places (basilicas, archaeological sites) in the Holy Land. Amongst which a great concern is given to the basilica of the Annunciation of Nazareth, the basilica of the Nativity of Bethlehem, in Capernaum, a place of Jesus’ public life, and the basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

The proposed actions particularly respond to the need to promote a thorough and documented knowledge of the history of Christianity and of the Christians in the Holy Land and Jerusalem, the history and experience of the Franciscan presence in the Holy Land and the current works carried out by the Custody of the Holy Land for the Christians and their cultural heritage.

Such action is proved to be introductory to the constitution of a Cultural Heritage Office dedicated to the protection and preservation activities of cultural, historic and artistic heritage of the Holy Land.

The ultimate goal for the Custody of the Holy Land is
to realize a modern Christian Museum Center in Jerusalem

planned as an institution accommodating communication and cultural production, providing guidance to pilgrims, tourists and scholars, as well as to the local population. Through guided and equipped itineraries, the events of Christian presence in the Holy Land and the historical experience of the Custody of the Holy Land in preserving the signs of the presence of Christ and the first Christians in the Holy Land would be made known and their values enhanced.

Help support the Holy Places. Maintain the Christian Community in the Holy Land

For more information send us an e-mail or call the following number:, tel +972 2 6271165

Story of the Holy Land

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Events calendar


Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe


Bethlehem: 11.30 Entrance (Custos) - 13.45 Vespers - 14.15 Procession - 15.30 Office & Procession


I Sunday in Advent. Bethlehem: 10.00 Solemn Mass


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

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