On the 17th of December just gone by, at the OCD General Curia in Rome, the ordinary meeting that the General Councils of Carmelites and Discalced Carmelites hold every six months, took place. The meeting dealt with a number of questions of common interest and the participants shared their experiences on a number of fronts. The main topic was the possible restoration of the ruins of the first Carmelite foundation on Mount Carmel (Wadi ‘ain es-Siah), in view of which, an international commission was set up some time ago (Citoc-online 131/2011). This commission has been working on the project ever since then. As a result, Fr. Fausto Spinelli OCD, recently appointed as the bursar of the Delegation of Israel, and Fr. Raúl Maraví, O.Carm. both members of the commission, gave a report on the projects, difficulties, contacts with the local authorities and the prospects for financing etc.
In addition, the meeting, evaluated the last meeting of ALACAR which took place in Sao Paolo, Brazil, in October of this year (Citoc-online 96/2012), examined some of the problems concerning the translations of Carmelite liturgical texts and exchanged views around the forthcoming World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
After an exchange of recent publications, the meeting ended with a meal, in a wonderful pre-Christmas atmosphere.