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The Hebrew Catholic Vicariate


The Apostolate of Saint James the Apostle, approved by the Patriarch Alberto Gori on February 11, 1955, was founded in order to answer the pastoral needs of Hebrew-speaking Catholics, Jews and non-Jews.

The three main missions of the vicariate are: 
1. To establish and nurture Hebrew-speaking Catholic communities in the tate of Israel for Catholics believers integrated into the life of Israeli Jewish society.
2. To serve as a bridge between the Universal Church and the people of Israel by strengthening the relationship of Jews and Christians and sharpening the Church’s awareness of her Jewish roots.
3. To bear witness to values of peace and justice, forgiveness and reconciliation within a context of violence and war.

Today, there is a growing Hebrew-speaking community in four major cities: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Haifa and Beersheva. The Vicariate includes two Russian communities whose members are integrated into Israeli society.

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