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The Commissariats for the Holy Land

The Custody of the Holy Land increases its activity thanks to the help of the Commissaries, Friars Minor who are “bridges between the Holy Land and Christians all over the world”.

The Commissaries operate in the territory of their Franciscan Province:

  • They collect the donations of the "pro Terra Sancta" collection on Good Friday
  • They propose Days dedicated to the Holy Land,
  • They ask for help so that the Franciscan mission in the Holy Land can continue
  • They organize pilgrimages to the Biblical Places and distribute informative material and religious objects made in the Holy Land.


There are currently Commissariats of the Holy Land in 44 countries for a total of 84 Commissariats.

Commissariats Liaison Office (Clio)

Fr. Marcelo Cichinelli
Israele, Custodia di Terra Santa (Gerusalemme)
St. Saviour’s Monastery
P.O. Box 186, 9100101 Jerusalem - Israele
Cellulare: +972. 544612498

The historical origins

The origin of the Commissariats of the Holy Land is very ancient and is motivated by the enormous difficulties of the Custody to fulfil its tasks in a very complex political and religious situation.
Having observed that neither the lives of the friars nor preserving the Holy Places was possible without alms from the Christian princes, the first Statutes of the Custody (1377) established that the Custos appoint one or two laymen to administrate the alms.
Half a century later, the figure of the Commissary of the Holy Land was officially established with the Bull,His quae by Pope Martin V (24th February 1421).

In more recent times, Pope Paul VI declared that the activity of the Commissaries, “as meritorious as in the past, is still valid and functional" (Paul VI, Nobis in animo).


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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