Why making a will
A will is a valuable tool inasmuch as it gives us the opportunity to determine the disposition of our assets for the future and allows us to make an important final gesture that can have a lasting impact: it can signify, in a certain manner, living forever in that land which during our lifetime we loved so much.
By making a legacy toÂ Associazione di Terra Santa,Â we in fact have the possibility to allocate a portion of our assets to support the Franciscan friars who are engaged in safeguarding the Holy Places and aiding the Christian communities in distress.
How to make a will
The simplest and most economical way of making a will is a holographic will, drawn up by the testator himself which does not have to be witnessed.
An holographic will: must be handwritten by the testator himself; must include the date and the place; must be signed. An holographic will should be kept in a secure location.
More common in most jurisdictions are âwitnessedâ wills, which are signed by two or more witnesses (who are not beneficiaries under the terms of the will) in the presence of the person making the will.
What you can do
You can bequeath to Associazione di Terra Santa a sum of money, no matter how small, or investment funds or shares; also personal property such as paintings or other objects, or real property, such as land, houses, shops.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT
It is also possible to name the Association as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy which, since it does not form part of the estate, can be freely left to any person or entity. n this case, it is not necessary to make a will but rather to identify the beneficiary when the policy is created, or at a later time if the policy already exists as it is generally possible to modify the choice of beneficiary at any time.
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Legacies can assure continuity to the franciscan activities in the Holy Land. With a donation you can support, in addition to continuous projects, also emergencies like Syria and you will be able to see immediately the effects of your gesture.
DONATION IN MEMORY
It is possible to remember a loved one with a donation in their memory, a concrete way to help preserve the Holy Places and support the Christian communities.
To live forever in the Holy Land
Giving away one's money to the poor is an act at the very roots of human life, because it is accepting the way of life of Christ, who âfor your sake became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become richâ (2Cor 8:9). And for Saint Paul it was an expression of faith in the evangeliacal message of Jesus.
A centuries-old tradition
Making a legacy in favor of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Land means to be part of a centuries-old tradition. Made by european kings and by pilgrims, the donations made in favour of the Custody are many since early history of its presence in the Holy Land.
Pontiffs and the Holy Land
The Roman pontiffs, throughout the centuries, have not only expressed their benevolence toward the Holy Land with spontaneous alms, but have also striven with all their might that such gestures be imitated throughout Christendom. In recent times, the popes who have gone to the Holy Land on Pilgrimage have all strongly emphasized the theme of support from the whole world for the Christian communities of the Holy Land.
our offices are in Jerusalem, Rome and Milan.
Many pilgrims ask us why we continue to stay in the Holy Land: our mission is to be here in these places that are so important for all Christians.
The months I spent in Jerusalem provided me the opportunity to listen to myself and to understand my way of being a Christian. This is an experience that I savor every day.
Working for the Custody of the Holy Land has changed my life. Thanks to the project âJerusalem, Stones of Memoryâ, I am able to maintain my family.
My experience was an unforgettable one, for both spiritual and human reasons; I get excited thinking about the gifts I have received.
TO LIVE FOREVER IN THE HOLY LAND
Our offices in the world
Jerusalem, Rome, Milan
The Custody of the Holy Land
The Franciscans, Custodians of the Holy Places since 800 years.
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