Coordinating Catholic Aid Organizations (CCAO)

CCAO Members

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The Church of Jerusalem was born on the day of Pentecost and first governed by the College of Apostles under St. Peter and St. James as the first Bishop of Jerusalem. It was recognized as a Patriarchate by the Council of Chalcedon in 451 and restored in 1847 by Pope Pius IX as the Latin Patriarchal See of Jerusalem. The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (LPJ) is the Roman Catholic Diocese of the Holy Land, with the Ordinary taking the title of Patriarch. It has jurisdiction over Palestine, Jordan, Israel and Cyprus.
Witness to the Christian presence in the Holy Land and spiritual support
for the Latin Catholic population of more than 90,000 faithful and over 200,000
foreign workers are foremost in the pastoral ministry of 83 diocesan priests in
67 parishes, with the collaborative mission of about 120 institutes of consecrated
life, and with over 1,800 religious men and women. The Latin Patriarchate has an
extensive and challenging mission that spans across several sectors of the local
society: in health care, education, social services and humanitarian assistance,
housing, and job creation. It operates and administers 43 schools, 12 hospitals,
8 homes for the elderly, 8 special needs homes, and a minor and major seminary
for clergy formation. It sustains and ensures continuity of established services
and initiates projects for present and future needs, overseeing the activities of
several humanitarian and aid agencies operating in the Holy Land. The overall
beneficiaries are more or less 500,000 residents of the Holy Land regardless of
religious affiliation, nationality and social status.
The Latin Patriarch is the president of CCAO, who provides guidance to
its members, ensures unity and harmony among them and forms the link to the
Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land.


Website for more information: www.lpj.org 
Facility for groups:
Conference room for groups up to 80 people; six pilgrim houses in
Jerusalem, Taybeh, Rafat, Haifa, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. Parish
visits as well as youth exchange program can also be organized.
Language for presentations: Arabic, English, Italian,
French, German, and Spanish
Contact information:
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Bethlehem University
Rue des Freres - Bethlehem, Palestine
Bethlehem University, a Vatican-sponsored Catholic University in the Holy Land, is conducted by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, and is the first university established in Palestine, founded in 1973. The University emphasizes excellence in academic programs and the
development of students as committed people prepared to assume leading positions in society. Our Christian and Muslim Student Ambassadors, faculty and staff enjoy welcoming international pilgrims, academics, and dignitaries to our campus, which is often referred to as an oasis of peace and a beacon of hope. Our campus is open for guests Mondays through Fridays between 8am and 4pm.


Website for more information:
Main Website URL: www.bethlehem.edu 
Visit request form: https://bethlehem.edu/gateways/visitorsfriends/groups/form 
Facility for groups:
Conference room for up to 130 people, professional training
restaurant for 75 people, larger group visits can be organized either
on campus or in the visiting group’s hotel.
Contact information:
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Phone: +972 (0) 2 274 1241 Ext: 2325 or Ext: 2055
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Caritas Baby Hospital/Bethlehem
Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem is a Christian non-profit
pediatric hospital founded in 1952 by Fr. Ernest Schnydrig. It is supported by the head international organization, Children’s Relief Bethlehem, an association supporting the people in need in the Holy Land based the Gospel. Its motto «We are here» is a deep-rooted conviction: CBH is committed to stay and persevere in its work for Mother and Child. CBH is committed to providing quality, specialized and safe health care for children, regardless of social and religious background, ability to pay, as well as social and educational support for their families.

Website for more information:
http://www.childrens-relief-bethlehem.org.uk/en/ 
Facility for groups:
Guided tours are offered followed by group discussions, and can
handle up to 70 visitors per group.
Language for presentations:
English, Italian, German, French, Arabic
Contact information:
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Phone: +972(0) 2 275 8500

Caritas Jerusalem
Caritas-Jerusalem (CJ) is a member of Caritas Internationalis. It is a Jerusalem-based humanitarian and development organization representing the socio-pastoral services of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. It was founded in 1967 in the aftermath of the Six Day War. Over the years, CJ has grown and assumed increasing responsibilities, in both its program base and operational capability.
CJ continues to faithfully serve the social-familial, economic, health, and emergency needs of a growing Palestinian population. It has an active presence throughout the Palestinian Territories, in East Jerusalem, West Bank and the Gaza Strip.


Website for more information: www.CaritasJerusalem.org  
Facility for groups: NA
Language for presentations: NA
Contact information:
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Phone: +972(0) 2 628 7574

 

Catholic Relief Services
Jerusalem, West Bank & Gaza Program
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian
agency that carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United
States. The work of Catholic Relief Services in the Holy Land began in
the 1940s, serving Polish and Hungarian refugees, many of whom were
Jews or from mixed families fleeing the devastation of World War II. CRS
established a program office in Jerusalem in 1961.
The country program operates in four offices in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah and Gaza, focusing on humanitarian assistance, food security, youth development and leadership, peace building, advocacy and
civic engagement.


Website for more information: www.crs.org 
Facility for groups:
Conference room for groups up to 15 people, larger groups can be visited in their hotel or by visiting CRS projects and meeting local communities.
Language for presentations: English, Arabic
Contact information:
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Phone: +972(0) 2 656 9240/1/2

Custody of the Holy Land
The principal responsibility of the Custody of the Holy Land has been and remains, the protection of the holy places with which it has been entrusted since its very beginnings by the Holy See. It diligently maintains the shrines, basilicas and churches, and provides for the needs of its convents and Christian communities.
The Custody is comprised of Franciscans of 32 nationalities from 59 religious provinces. The Custody carries out its various activities in countries of the Near East: Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, Egypt and Rhodes.


Website for more information: www.custodia.org 
Facility for groups:
Any groups up to 200 persons
Language for presentations:
English, German, Arabic, Hebrew,
Italian, Spanish, French, Russian,
Contact information:
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Phone: +972(0) 2 626 6561


Deutscher Verein vom Heiligen Lande
(DVHL) German Association of the Holy Land
The “Deutscher Verein vom Heiligen Lande” (DVHL) is the aid organization of German Catholics for the people of the Holy Land and for strengthening bonds with Christians living in this region. DVHL was established in 1855. It owns properties and institutions in the Holy Land (a school, two monasteries, an asylum for the aged and handicapped, two guest houses) and operates them in partnership with religious orders.It supports an aid department (for education, interreligious dialogue, charity and pastoral activities), a volunteers program and a pilgrimage
department. With its longstanding practice and expertise, DVHL offers pilgrims: logistical assistance, places to stay and visit, as well as an enlightening accompaniment by licensed tour guides, if requested.


Website for more information: www.dvhl.de 
Facility for groups:
Two Pilgrims’ Houses (Pilgerhaus Tabgha, Sea of Galilee; PaulusHaus, Jerusalem) with conference rooms for groups of up to 150
people.
Language for presentations:
English, German, Arabic, Hebrew
Contact information:
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Phone: +972(0) 2 627 1686

Holy Land Christian
Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF)
HCEF is committed to the continued presence, empowerment, and well-being of Arab Christians in the Holy Land and to developing the bonds of solidarity between them and Christians elsewhere. We work to replace despair with hope, fear with human security and humiliation with dignity. HCEF provides moral, spiritual and financial support to sustain the Christian presence and heritage in the Holy Land through job creation, advocacy, home rehabilitation, child sponsorship, Holy Land pilgrimages,
with a total of 20 programs.
HCEF aims to educate Christians worldwide, build community, develop bonds of solidarity, and promote peace and justice in the Holy Land. HCEF is experienced in the tourism and pilgrimage industry, providing programs like the HCEF Inn, Bethlehem Museum, and Living Stones Pilgrimages. With a professional staff that has been working in the Holy Land for 15 years, we are strategically positioned to receive groups
of all kinds.


Website for more information: www.hcef.org 
Facility for groups:
The HCEF Inn and Conference Center has spacious meeting rooms for training sessions, workshops and guest rooms to accommodate 56 people. The Inn is conveniently located and equipped with
internet, cable TV, dining rooms and many other amenities. Our Bethlehem Museum restaurant can accomodate 120 guests.

Language for presentations: English, Arabic
Contact information:
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Phone: +970 (0) 2 275 0093

 

Pontifical Mission for Palestine
Pontifical Mission for Palestine (PMP), founded in 1949 by Pope Pius XII, is an agency of the Holy See that supports development projects that target local community-based and Church organizations (CBOs) including schools, hospitals, orphanages, charitable societies and homes for the elderly which provide high-quality services. Specifically, PMP funds rehabilitation projects, youth activities and programs, and supports job-creation initiatives at these institutions.
PMP remains committed to subsidizing its partner institutions:
NECC (Near East Council of Churches), Mother and Child Clinics in the
Gaza Strip and Paul VI Ephpheta Institute for the Hearing Impaired and
the Pontifical Mission Library in Bethlehem.


Website for more information: www.pontificalmission-jerusalem.org  
Facility for groups:
Conference room for up to 15 people, nearby hotel conference
rooms are also available for larger groups.
Language for presentations: English, Arabic, Italian
Contact information:
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Phone: +972 (0) 2 627 2126


Secours Catholique /Maison d’Abraham
Abraham’s House was founded by Secours Catholique (Caritas
France) in 1964. It welcomes pilgrims from all backgrounds and offers an opportunity to discover the Holy Land. It is run by a multinational team of a director, a community of Dominican Sisters, local employees and volunteers. Located in an exceptional site, just south of Mount of Olives,
it sits on a hill with a magnificent view of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Abraham’s House also provides free medical care services and medicine to the poor in its vicinity in Jerusalem at its dispensary.
Abraham’s House is a place of meeting and interaction, and strives
to give hope to the people of the Holy Land. It is a house that is open to
all of Abraham’s children.


Website for more information: www.maison-abraham.com 
reservations.maisonabraham@secours-catholique .org 
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Facility for groups:
Rooms inside the buildings for 60 people.
Bungalows in the garden for 50 people.
Conference room for groups up to 50 people.
Contact information:
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Phone: +972 (0) 2 628 4591

Secretariat of Solidarity
For Catholic Schools and Institutions in the Holy Land In 1977, the Congregation for the Oriental Churches established the Secretariat of Solidarity for Catholic Schools and Institutions in the Holy Land under the guidance of the Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem with two main tasks:
1. To allocate the ordinary subsidies that the Congregation for the
Oriental Churches sends every year for the Catholic schools
and educational institutions in the Holy Land – approximately
80 schools (from nursery to secondary) distributed among
Palestinian Territories, Israel, Jordan and Cyprus.
2. To receive and analyze applications for extraordinary subsidies
submitted to ROACO, serving as a bridge between the
international aid agencies and the local Catholic institutions.


Website for more information: NA
Facility for groups: NA
Language for presentations: English, Italian, Arabic
Contact information:
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Phone: +972 (0) 2 628 5117


Société de Saint Vincent de Paul
Conférence du Saint Sépulcre de Jérusalem
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Jerusalem was first established
in 1851. It is a fraternal Catholic organization of lay people who live
Christianity by helping those in need on a person-to-person basis. The
Society functions in the tradition of its founder and patron of St. Vincent
de Paul. The great turmoil in the Holy Land has aggravated daily living
condition, increasing the demand for help and financial support. Many
families are encountering problems of providing for daily basic needs.
The Society’s activities include: visitation to the homes of the elderly,
nursing homes and the sick. It assists needy students with tuition fees
for non-school, non-university training and education; provides financial
assistance for medical prescriptions; hospitalizations and rehabilitation
of drug addicts; as well as distributing monthly cash subsidy for needy
families in Jerusalem, West Bank, and Gaza Strip.


Website for more information: NA
Facility for groups:
Limited small area for groups up to 20 people, larger groups can be
visited in the hotel.
Language for presentations: English, French, Arabic
Contact information:
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Phone: +972(0) 2 626 4432

 

Society of St. Yves
Catholic Center for Human Rights The Society of St. Yves was founded by the Latin Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah under the patronage of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem in 1991. St. Yves is the only local Christian human rights organization in the Holy Land. Its goal is to support the needy and oppressed in the Holy Land with free legal aid in human rights issues.
St. Yves offers support to everyone, people of all religions, nationalities, color or race who cannot afford a lawyer by themselves.
Major interventions of St. Yves are legal cases in Jerusalem and the
southern West Bank.


Website for more information: www.saintyves.org.il 
Facility for groups:
Conference room for groups up to 40 people, larger groups can be
visited in the hotel; possibility to combine lecture with a tour (e.g.
through the old city).
Language for presentations: English, Arabic, Hebrew
Contact information:
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Phone: +972 (0) 2 626 4662