The Pope concluded a two day visit to Egypt on Saturday, April 29, 2017 and he commented on the visit in his Wednesday catechesis in Saint Peter’s Square on May 3, 2017.

Pope Francis arrived in Egypt on Friday, April 28, 2017 for a two day visit.

Sister Myriam Selz, who spent many years in Jerusalem at the service of the Hebrew speaking Catholic communities, has published an autobiographical book of interviews in French.

Father Gioele, former parish priest of Beer Sheba, sent us an article from his present parish in north Italy, where they will celebrate the beatification of a native of the region on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

In a meeting with a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League on Thursday, February 9, 2017, Pope Francis spoke again against anti-Semitism.

Pope Francis met with a delegation from the European Jewish Congress Friday on the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which occurs annually on 27 January.

On January 12, 2017, the oratory in Palermo, Italy, known as Santa Maria del Sabato will be restored to the Jewish community.

On Saturday, December 17, 2016, Pope Francis turned 80.

On Sunday morning, November 20, 2016, Pope Francis has officially closed the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica, thus concluding the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

On Saturday, November 19, 2016, Pope Francis presided the consistory in the Vatican and named 17 new cardinals, 13 of whom are under age 80 and eligible to vote in an eventual conclave.

On Monday, October 31, 2016, Pope Francis arrived in Sweden in order to participate in the launching of the 500th anniversary since Luther’s pinning of his 95 theses on the door of the Cathedral of Wittenberg.

As every year, Fides News Service offered some statistics chosen to give a panorama of the Church all over the world.

Our dear friend and collaborator for many years, Andrea Bergamini, was ordained a deacon on October 8, 2016, in Bologna, Italy.

Pope Francis, at the end of his Angelus on Sunday, October 9, 2016, announced the creation of seventeen new cardinals. A consistory will be held on November 19, 2016, the eve of the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy.

On Sunday, October 2, 2016, Pope Francis visited Azerbaijan, after his visit to Georgia.

Pope Francis is on visit to the Caucasus for a second time, after the visit to Armenia, and is now visiting Georgia and Azerbaijan, from September 30 until October 2, 2016.

Pope Francis sent a message to Riccardo De Segni, Chief Rabbi of the Jewish community in Rome, the most ancient in the world, on the occasion of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah 5777), Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles).

Throughout the three and a half years of his pontificate, Pope Francis has met with Shimon Peres more often than any other world leader.

On Monday, September 26, 2016, Pope Francis met with Ronald S. Lauder, the president of the World Jewish Congress and other Jewish leaders from Europe and the Americas, at the Vatican.

On Saturday, September 24, 2016, Cardinal Angelo Amato proclaimed Father Engelmar Unzeitig blessed in the Cathedral of Wurzburg in Germany.