IMPORTANT WARNING: Cyber-attack against the Custody

May the Lord give you his Peace.

We regret to inform you that the Custody of the Holy Land has been, for the last several days, under a severe and serious cyber-attack.
The Custody together with law enforcement authorities and counter cybercrime specialists are working relentlessly to end this attack.

Therefore and as a precautionary measure, we urge you not to adhere to any instructions or requests for action emanating from the Custody of the Holy Land, its departments, its friars and its staff through Custody’s email servers (;, without prior direct confirmation through another means of communication (telephone, fax).

We recommend similar caution also in your correspondence with any of the Custody’s personnel (friars, staff) through their personal email boxes (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo!, etc).

We further kindly ask you to forward any suspicious email arriving to you to the following secure address:, with copy to the secretariat of our legal department at:

A copy of this message is being simultaneously posted to the Custody’s website. We will inform you of the progress in resolving this matter in due course.


Fr. David Grenier
Secretary of the Holy Land