Yad Vashem recognized Jesuit Catholic priest, Father Raffaele de Ghantuz Cubbe, as a Righteous among the Nations on December 14,2010 in a ceremony in Rome.

L. from the Haifa community sent us a moving article by Leora Goldberg that was published in the Jerusalem Post (13.12.2009). The story of Greek Orthodox Bishop Chrysostomos and Mayor Lukas Karreri on the island of Zakynthos in Greece during the Shoah is a magnificent story of courage and witness. Both have been recognized as Righteous Gentiles by Yad VaShem.

Our brother Daniel, from the Jaffa kehilla, has drawn our attention to a nun from England, Mother Ricarda Beauchamp Hambrough, who played a vital role in saving 60 Jews in her convent in Rome during the Second World War.

HaAretz, the Israeli daily, in its English edition of July 7, 2010, carried a story on new research on Pope Pius XII that might change attitudes to the war-time Pope.

A special event was celebrated in Rome: a mass was celebrated in memory of two anti-Nazi diplomats, who listened to the voice of their conscience. The news item was published by ZENIT.

Wraneticz, who was from the ex-Yugoslavia, hid Jews in his home during the Shoah and then immigrated to Israel. He was he chairman of the Association of Righteous Gentiles in Israel.

Dr. Gertrude Luckner (1900-1995) died in 1995. She was very active during the Shoah in saving Jews. The old age home that was founded in Nahariyah by Ms. Elisheva Hemker bears her name. We publish here an article written by Yehiel Aliser, a former official of the Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry, published in HaAretz newspaper on January 24, 1995, a few months after her death.

Irena Steinfeldt, Director of the Righteous among the Nations Department at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, published a short article on Catholic clergy who saved Jews during the Shoah in the July 2009 edition of Yad Vashem Jerusalem Quarterly Magazine (vol. 54), 15. With her permission we reproduce the article here.

Daniel, from the Jaffa community, sent us a report about Father Emeyan Kovach.

Distinguished English Jewish historian, Sir Martin Gilbert, has published an editorial in HaAretz (5.12.2008) urging all to wait patiently until the Vatican archives are opened so that the truth about Pope Pius XII's wartime activity can indeed be revealed. Gilbert, who is also an authority on Christians who saved Jews during the Shoah, reveals himself again as a voice of moderation.

An interfaith foundation, "Paving the Way," headed by an American Jew, Gary Krupp, held a congress in Rome on Pope Pius XII. Pius XII, who died fifty years ago, was Pope during the Second World War and is a subject of controversy in Jewish-Catholic dialogue. Some claim that he did not do enough to save Jews during the Shoah.

This morning, Monday 12.5.2008, Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic, credited with saving 2500 Jewish children during the Shoah died in a Warsaw hospital. May she rest in peace... z"l.

On the occasion of Yom HaShoah, Tatiana from the Haifa community sends us an article about Mother Maria (Maria Elisaveta Scobtsova), one of the remarkable figures of the Russian Orthodox Church who was canonized by the Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in 2004, together with her son Yiuri and a priest, Father Dimitri Klepinin and Ylia Fondaminski, all heroes of the resistance to the Nazi occupation in France.