On Monday, October 27, 2014, Pope Francis received an award from Bar Ilan University.

On the second day of school, over two million school children can be counted this year in Israel.

The children are going back to school today, Monday, September 1. We pray for them and that this year might be a fruitful year, a year of wisdom and creativity.

On Friday, August 29, 2014, Father George Hernandez, Latin parish priest of Gaza, met with Pope Francis in the Vatican.

Ohad, an eleven year old from Sderot, on the border with Gaza, drew a drawing that describes the grim reality of our country. Does he understand better than the heads of government in the region?

Summer holidays have begun but the children are not free but rather imprisoned.

Once again our country is swept by a wave of violence. We raise our voices in prayer for peace and remember the words of Pope Francis at the invocation for peace that took place just a few weeks ago:

We mourn with all in Israel.

The President elect Reuven Rivlin spoke thus at the mass demonstration in solidarity with Naftali, Gilad and Eyal, the three kidnapped youth, in Tel Aviv on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

On Sunday, Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, June 29, 2014, our brother Alberto Pari OFM was ordained a deacon.

We continue our prayers for the three kidnapped boys.

We continue to pray for Naftali, Gilad and Eyal.

A call to prayer for the young men who have disappeared.

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, the Knesset elected a new president for the State of Israel and he is Reuven Rivlin.

In a press statement, Yad VaShem expressed great appreciation for the visit of Pope Francis and published the material from the visit on their website, including the video of the entire ceremony.

Preparing for the visit of Pope Francis, the Israeli Ministry of Education is sending an outline to history teachers about Saints John XXIII and John Paul II in order to underline these Popes’ excellent relations with Jews.

On May 13, 2014, the Knesset (Israeli parliament) honored Saint Pope John XXIII in an extraordinary event.

Tag Meir (Light tag), an organization that fights again Tag Mehir (Price tag) attacks, held a demonstration outside the Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem on Sunday, May 11, 2014.

An Israeli publishing house has translated the book that records the dialogue between Cardinal Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio and Rabbi Abraham Skorka into Hebrew. The publication comes just in time for the Pope’s visit.

On Tuesday, May 6, 2014, President of Israel, Shimon Peres, welcomed the diplomatic corps and the religious leaders in Israel to his residence on the occasion of Independence Day.