The Israeli Farher David Neuhaus writes to the Minister of the Interior in defence of 14 Filipino teenagers about to be deported. And he reminds him of the debt of gratitude of the Jews towards the Philippines.
“Syria has always been a mosaic of cultures and we will not allow war to destroy that," affirmed the Franciscans of the Custody in Damascus who help the poorest people any way that they can.
The figures announced each year by the demographers of the Jewish state describe a Christian community which remains a tiny minority but does not stop growing. The main threats include the drive towards assimilation.
A temporary exhibition on Jerusalem between the 11th and 15th centuries is showing at the Metropolitan Museum of New York until 8th January 2017. The exhibition include objects from the Custody of the Holy Land.
A short walk from Jerusalem lies the monastery of Latrun, which is important from both a religious and a historical point of view. The monks produce a healing oil from the seeds of red grapes.
The photographic exhibition Nostalghia, on show until the end of November 2016 at the Austrian Hospice in Jerusalem, is the result of a journey through the Christian minorities of the Middle East.
Since 21stMay, the Museum of Israel in Jerusalem has had two 15th century illuminated volumes on display, which the public can admire until 20th September. This is a minor event which brings together, after centuries, two parts of the same work: a copy of the Mishne Torah by Moses Maimonides produced in northern Italy around 1457. The initiative was made possible by the collaboration between the Museum and the Vatican Library.