On Monday, January 27, 2014, the Holy Father Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Elias Chacour, Greek Catholic Archbishop of the Galilee diocese.

Each year, the various Churches pray for Christian Unity. In the Holy Land, this week takes place after Armenian Christmas and this year will be held from Saturday, January 25 until Sunday, February 2.

On December 22, 2013, President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres visited the Roman Catholic Church in Ramleh on the occasion of the approaching Christmas holiday and delivered a festive greeting to Christians all over the world.

On Friday night, December 27, 2013, the Second Channel of the Israeli television broadcast an in depth documentary about the phenomenon of attacking Christian clergy in the streets of Jerusalem.

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal asked the faithful to pray for rain.

On Sunday, November 17, 2013, thousands of Christians gathered from all parts of the Holy Land diocese of the Catholic Church in order to celebrate the end of the Year of Faith.

On Monday, November 11, 2013, Father Jerome Murphy O’ Connor OP, noted exegete, passed away in Jerusalem.

On Sunday, October 27, 2013, two women dedicated to Jewish-Christian relations in Israel received the Mount Zion award.

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, a large delegation from France and invited guests from Israel participated in the inauguration of a garden to commemorate Cardinal Lustiger on the grounds of the Benedictine Abbey of Abu Ghosh.

The Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land sent their condolences to Chief Rabbi Rishon LeTsiyon Yitshaq Yosef on the loss of his father Rishon LeTsiyon Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who died on October 7, 2013.

Brother Alberto Pari OFM, well known to our Hebrew speaking faithful, made his final profession as a Franciscan on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

The members of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land sent a message of condolence to Rabbi Yona Metzger, former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, who recently lost his mother.

On Friday, September 20, 2013, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal concelebrated the morning mass with Pope Francis. The Patriarch’s four vicars, Archbishop Maroun Lahham, Bishop William Shomali, Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo and Father David Neuhaus, accompanied him. The mass was celebrated in the chapel of Santa Martha.

The Latin Bishops of the Arab Regions gathered from September 17 to 20, 2013, in Rome for their 50th meeting since the founding of the Conference during the Second Vatican Council.

On September 6, 2013, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem published the news that the Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal had named a new Vicar for Cyprus.

On Saturday night, September 7, 2013, at 20.30, a prayer vigil will be held in the Basilica of Gethsemane.

The news site, Nana10, published a moving article about the convent of the Sisters of Saint Vincent de Paul in Ein Karem. The article was uploaded to the site on August 30, 2013 and prepared by Tal Moreno.

The members of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land sent greetings to the leaders of Jewish society in Israel on the occasion of Rosh haShana.

In the Jerusalem supplement of YNET, there is an article (in Hebrew) about Mouna Khoury Kasabri who is a Christian Arab professor of social work at the Hebrew University.

Our brother, Sergey Loktionov OFM, was ordained to the priesthood on August 28, 2013.