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PONTIFICAL MASS PRESIDED BY HIS GRACE MGR. FOUAD TWAL

Data: 21.11.2005
Fonte: Custodia di Terra Santa

In the afternoon hours of 19 November, in the Cocathedral Church of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the new Coadiutor Bishop, Mgr. Fouad Twal, celebrated his inaugural Pontifical Mass.  Mgr. Twal has been nominated Coadiutor Bishop to the Latin Patriarch, after having been Archbishop of Tunis. 

After reading the letter of nomination sent by Pope Benedict XVI, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Mgr. Michel Sabbah welcomed the new Coadiutor Bishop.  Present for the occasion was the Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr. Pietro Sambi, the Auxiliary Bishops of the Diocese, the Custos of the Holy Land, Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Abbot of Abu Gosh, and numerous other concelebrant priests.

During his homily, delivered in Arabic and French, Mgr. Fouard recalled that he had been ordained 39 years ago in this same Cocathedral Church in which the rite of his inauguration was being celebrated.  He thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his nomination, as well as the Patriarch and the clergy of the local Church of Jerusalem, of which he had been a member from the very start of his ministry, before episcopal ordination  He also expressed his love for the Custody of the Holy Land, recalling its presence in these regions, as well as for the numerous religious men and women, whose work is indispensable in the difficult situation of the Church in the Middle East. 

He thanked all the parish priests for the humble service in favour of the local Church, and he especially mentioned the role of the Patriarchal Seminary, which until a few months ago was directed by Mgr. Maroun Lahham, who is now occupying Mgr. Twal's post on the episcopal chair of Tunis.  The new Coadiutor Bishop mentioned also the suffering in which people of this region live, both on the Palestinian as well as on the Israeli side.  He then expressed his wish to work hard towards the ecumenical cause.  His words were highly appreciated by the non Catholic communities of the Oriental Churches as well as by the Protestant Communities, whose representatives were present for the celebration.

The singing was performed by the Schola Cantorum of the Holy Land Custody, accompanied on the organ by Fr. Armando Pierucci ofm.

At the conclusion of the celebration, in the halls of the Patriarchate, the Latin Patriarch and the new Coadiutor Bishop received the congratulations of numerous faithful who took part in the Mass.
 
fr. Alessandro Coniglio ofm



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