On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, on Friday, June 29, 2012, three Franciscans will be ordained priests and six will be ordained deacons.

After six years of service in the Holy Land, Archbishop Antonio Franco is leaving his post as Vatican Ambassador to Israel and Cyprus and Apostolic Delegate to the Palestinian Authority.

The Maronite Synod of Bishops chose a new archbishop for the Maronites in the Holy Land a few days ago. He is father Moussa al-Hage, an Antonine monk.

The Committee for Relations with the Jews, under the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, had its second meeting on June 8, 2012.

On Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 18.00, an extraordinary prayer of all Churches of Jerusalem for reconciliation, unity and peace will take place in the Armenian Catholic Patriarchate, at the Third Station of the Cross in the Old City of Jerusalem. All Christians are invited to attend.

Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and head of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews is in the Holy Land.

The group “Al-Raja” (Hope), a group of young Christian musicians from Jerusalem, has produced its first disc and is organizing a special concert in order to present the disc to the public on Saturday evening, April 21, 2012 at 18.00, at the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem.

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, the Eastern Churches celebrate the Saturday of Light, preparation for the great celebration of Easter, which the Orthodox Churches celebrate one week later than the Western Churches this year.

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land sent Passover greetings to the Jewish civil and religious authorities as well as to leading Jewish figures involved in dialogue and the promotion of justice and peace.

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal sent condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the shooting in Toulouse. We reprint the notification from the Latin Patriarchate website.

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land held its regular meeting in Nazareth on March 13 and 14, 2012.

The head of the Franciscans in the Holy Land, the Custos of the Holy Places, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa has written a letter to the President of Israel, Mr. Shimon Peres, asking him to act against those insulting the feelings of Christians in Israel.

During the course of their meeting in Amman in October 2011, the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land decided to establish a Commission for relations with the members of other religions in the Holy Land – Muslims, Jews and Druze. The Committee for Relations with the Jews had its first meeting on February 24, 2012.

During these days, the Catholics in Amman are welcoming the new bishop, Patriarchal Vicar in Amman, Monsignor Maroun Lahham, who arrives from Tunis, capital of Tunisia.

“HaAretz” newspaper (February 19, 2012) published a report about the lack of a Christian cemetery in Beer Sheba.

In the past weeks, two new Church leaders have been appointed in the ranks of the Church of the Holy Land – a head for the Armenian Catholic Church and an administrator for the Maronite Church.

On Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 17.00, an extraordinary prayer of all Churches of Jerusalem for reconciliation, unity and peace will take place in the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, near the church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem. All Christians are invited to attend.

Today, January 19, 2012, the Holy Father announced the appointment of the new Latin Patriarchal Vicar in Amman to succeed Bishop Salim Sayegh, who has passed the canonical age of retirement. The new bishop is H.E. Maroun Lahham. Mabrouk, Sayyidna!

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 21 until Sunday, January 29.

The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, held his traditional Christmas press conference in the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem's Old city on December 21, 2011.