Since June 20th is World Refugee Day, the Pope, at the Wednesday, June 18,2014, general audience, also asked for prayers and concrete help for those who are forced to flee their countries.

In a long interview with a Barcelona newspaper, La Vanguardia, published on June 13, 2014, Pope Francis spoke out on many topics and also on relations with the Jewish people.

On Sunday evening, June 8, 2014, the Feast of Pentecost, Pope Francis accompanied by President Shimon Peres from Israel and President Mahmoud Abbas from Palestine and in the presence of Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew attended an invocation for peace in the Vatican gardens.

Preparations are at a peak for the “invocation for peace” in the Vatican on June 8, 2014, which will bring together Pope Francis with President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas.

The surprising invitation of President of Israel Peres and President of Palestine Abbas is for Pentecost, June 8, 2014.

At the Wednesday general audience, on May 21, 2014, Pope Francis said:

Pope Francis will visit us in just a few days time and interest is peaking.

On May 10, 2014, Pope Francis approved the beatification of his predecessor Pope Paul VI. The approval was announced Saturday.

On Thursday, May 8, 2014, Patriarch Karekin II, head of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Armenia, visited Pope Francis.

On Sunday, April 27, 2014, Feast of the Divine Mercy, Pope Francis proclaimed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II as saints.

Reuters published an article on the Jewish reaction to the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Sunday, April 27, 2014. It appeared in the press on April 25, 2014.

In a meaningful coincidence, Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be proclaimed saints on the day before Shoah Memorial Day in Israel.

The Jewish community of Rome published the message sent by the Chief Rabbi of Rome Riccardo Di Segni to Pope Francis for Easter.

In a telegram to the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Pope Francis has wished the Jewish community of Rome, as well as the entire Jewish people, a ‘Happy Pesach (Passover)’.

Father Frans van der Lugt, a Jesuit who had spent decades in Syria, was taken out of his residence and shot dead by armed men in the Syrian city of Homs on Monday, April 7, 2014.

Following the death of Patriarch Zakka I Aweis of the Syrian Orthodox Church on March 21, 2014, the Synod has chosen a new patriarch to head the Church.

An initiative has been launched to pray for the Pope’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Father Maciej Pawlik OSB, a Polish Benedictine, sent us this report about a new initiative in Poland.

Pope Francis was elected on March 13, 2014. It has been an exciting year. Rome Reports published a list of ten key themes in the year that has passed.

On February 27, 2014, Pope Francis received a group of Argentinean Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders who participated in an interfaith pilgrimage to the Holy Land and stopped in Rome on their way back to Argentina.