From Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25, 2017, the members of the Helsinki Consultation met in Krakow. Father David participated and reports:

Father Benny, priest in charge of the community reports some recent news.

On June 21, 2017, the Greek Catholic synod of bishops elected Archbishop Joseph Absi as the new Patriarch of the Greek Catholic Church.

June 20, 2017 is the World Day of Refugees. Rome Reports presents five ideas from Pope Francis concerning the refugees.

Asia News published a long interview with Father David Neuhaus, Latin Patriarchal Vicar, about migrant workers and asylum seekers in Israel, on June 16, 2017.

On June 14, 2017, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, published a series of changes that will take effect on August 15, 2017.

A joint Vatican-Israeli working commission met in Rome on June 13, 2017, to continue negotiations aimed at a final diplomatic agreement establishing the legal and economic status of Church institutions in the Holy Land.

On Sunday, June 11, 2017, eighteen new deacons were ordained in the Basilica of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Saint Anthony of Padua is a much beloved saint in India. The Catholic chaplain of the Indians in the Holy Land reports on the novena and feast of Saint Anthony in Tel Aviv.

We received news from friends that Father Peter Hocken, distinguished Catholic theologian and friend of the kehillot in Israel, passed away on June 10, 2017 in Austria.

On Friday morning, June 9, 2017, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, visited the Jerusalem African Community Center in West Jerusalem.

Saint Rachel Center welcomes different volunteers who come to spend time with the children who come to the Center.

Yesterday, Thursday, June 8, 2017, we received this news from Reut Michaeli, executive director of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants:

On Tuesday, June 6, 2017, members of the Coordination of the Pastoral Among Migrants met at the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem to discuss the Church’s work with the migrants and asylum seekers.

On Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017, four women from the Jerusalem Good Shepherd Filipino Community received confirmation. Esti, coordinator of the community reports:

YNET published the news on Sunday, June 4, 2017, that the High Court of Justice handed down a temporary decision that non-Jewish soldiers are not obliged to attend meetings that propose conversion to Judaism to them.

On Saturday night, the eve of Pentecost, June 3, 2017, members of the Jerusalem kehilla, friends and guests held a vigil, praying for the descent of the Holy Spirit.

Kirill, member of the Jaffa kehilla, reports on two days, May 30 and 31, 2017, spent by members of the kehilla in Ein Karem.

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the fourth mass celebrating Pentecost at Our Lady Woman of Valor Pastoral Center in Tel Aviv, 37 children received first communion.

The priests of the Saint James Vicariate for Hebrew speaking Catholics in Israel met on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Saints Simeon and Anne House in Jerusalem.