On Saturday afternoons, Filipino children gather at the Salesian Ratisbonne monastery and on Saturday, December 16, 2017, the children and their families held their annual Christmas party.

The large Filipino migrant community in Israel preserves the traditions of the homeland in their country of residence and among these traditions is also the celebration of the Simbang Gabi. Father Matthew Coutinho, chaplain of the Jerusalem Good Shepherd and Rehovot Saint Therese communities reports:

Sister Dinesha, a member of the Congregation of Perpetual Help from Sri Lanka, has been directing the Day Care Center for babies in south Tel Aviv since it was founded in September 2014.

On Friday, December 15, 2017, the babies from the eight units of the Saint Joseph day care center in Tel Aviv gathered at the Our Lady Woman of Valor Pastoral Center in south Tel Aviv for a joyful Christmas party.

Father Benny, the chaplain of the Holy Family Filipino Community in Nazareth, reports on the trip of members of the community to Bethlehem on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10, 2017.

On Thursday, December 14, 2017, the first day of the Hanukkah school holidays, about fifty children came to Saint Rachel Center in Jerusalem for a full day of activities.

Rivka, member of the Jerusalem kehillah, reports on a concert that took place in the residence of the Saint James Vicariate for Hebrew speaking Catholics in Israel on Thursday, December 14, 2017.

On Monday, December 11, 2017, some members of the CPAM gathered for the Advent Recollection Day at the Capuchin Convent in Jerusalem.

The Interfaith Initiative of the Negev organized a meeting on December 11, 2017, the evening before the lighting of the first candle of Hanukkah, attended by Father Wojiech, the deputy of the parish priest of the kehilla in Be'er Sheva.

On Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9, 2017, families from the Hebrew speaking Catholic communities in Israel participated in a meeting in Tiberias in order to continue the joint discussions and study. Mariana and Marian from the Beer Sheba kehilla report:

A new documentary on the work of Mesila, an Israeli NGO that works in south Tel Aviv among the migrants is being screened in these days.

On December 8, 2017, after completing the traditional visit to the statue of the Immaculate Conception on Piazza d’Espagna in Rome, Pope Francis stopped off at the Church of Saint Andrea delle Fratte, where Alphonse Ratisbonne had his conversion experience.

Sister Agnese, secretary of the CPAM, reports on the meeting of the team of the Coordination for the Pastoral Among Migrants and the local clergy held at Our Lady Woman of Valor in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

On December 6, 2017, Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople received an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Father Piotr from Beer Sheba reports on the imminent departure of his friend ands collaborator, Rabbi Yonatan Sadoff.

On Monday, December 4, 2017, the yearly ceremony to recognize the volunteers who bring spiritual comfort to prisoners was held.

On Friday, December 1, 2017, a short documentary was screened on Israeli television, "Here is the News”, about Father Romuald Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel.

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the new Apostolic Nuncio in Israel, Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, arrived in Israel.

A new report by PHRI, published at the end of November, 2017, – "Painful Exclusion" – details the health, moral and economic cost of the lack of healthcare policy for asylum seekers in Israel.

Father Piotr, parish priest of Beer Sheba, reports on an interfaith meeting at Tantur on Monday, November 27, 2017.