Patriarchal Vicars

Posted by Admin | ACOHL,CELRA,Latin Church | Monday 25 November 2019 10:38 am

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Patriarchal Vicars

 

For Jerusalem and Palestine, & Vicar General

 

 

 

Most Rev. Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo


For Jordan 

 

 

 

   Most Rev. William H. Shomali 

 


For Israel

     Rt. Rev. Hanna Kildani


For Cyprus

 

 

 

 

    Rt. Rev. Jerzy Kraj, O.F.M.


For Saint James Vicariate  &

for the Vicariate for Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Israel

    Rt. Rev. Rafic Nahra  


 

Rt Rev. Jerzy Kraj, O.F.M.

Posted by admin | ACOHL,CELRA,Latin Church | Tuesday 19 November 2019 9:18 am

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Rt. Rev. Jerzy Kraj, O.F.M.

Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Cyprus

Born on August 5, 1960 in Zakliczyn, Poland; ordained Priest on June 29, 1986 in Jerusalem; appointed Patriarchal Vicar on August 26, 2013.

 

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Holy Cross Church, Paphos Gate
P.O.B. 21964
1515 Nicosia
Cyprus
Tel: +357 (22) 66 21 32
Fax: +357 (22) 66 07 67
Mobile: +375 97 88 79 10
Email: jkraj@custodia.org
Email: holycross@cytanet.com.cy
Website: www.cypruscatholicchurch.org

 

Most Rev. Boutros Mouallem

Posted by marc | ACOHL,Melkite Church Galilee | Friday 15 November 2019 9:47 am


 
Most Rev. Boutros Mouallem

Archbishop Emeritus of the Greek Melkite Catholic Archeparchy of Akko

 

Born 10 May 1928 in Eilaboun. On Novembre 21 ordained Priest of Società dei Missionari di San Paolo (Melkite Greek). On April 21, 1990 appointed and  on June 29, 1990 ordained Bishop of Nossa Senhora do Paraíso em São Paulo (Melkite Greek), Sao Paulo, Brazil. July 29, 1998 appointed Archbishop of Akka. Retired July 18, 2003.

Address: P.O.B. 120
1697200 Eilaboun (Israel)
Tel & fax: (04) 678 04 45
Mobile: 054 555 23 18
Email: boutrosmouallem@hotmail.com

Most Rev. Elias Chacour

Posted by marc | ACOHL,Melkite Church Galilee | Friday 15 November 2019 9:20 am

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Most Rev. Elias Chacour

 Archbishop Emeritus of the Greek Melkite Catholic Archeparchy of Akko

Born November 29, 1939 in Biram in the Upper Galilee in the Arab Palestine; ordained Priest July 24, 1965; 1982 Opened Prophet Elias High School in Ibillin, 1984 Launch of first book: Blood Brothers, 1986 Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (nominated again in 1989 and 1994); 1998 Appointed Chancellor of the Galilee Diocese; 20001 May 10th: Received the 18th Niwano Peace Prize, Tokyo-Japan, 2003 Appointed Consultant to the Holy See Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, 2003 October 21: Opened Mar Elias Campus (MEC) branch of the University of Indianapolis. Consecrated and appointed Archbishop on February 6, 2006 of the Archbishopric of Akko, Haifa, Nazareth and all of Galilee. Resigned on January 27, 2014.

Address:

P.O.B. 102

3001200 Ibillin, Israel

                 Tel & fax: (04) 843 21 08/04

Mobile: 054 771 72 90

Email: chacoure@netvision.net.il

Custos of the Holy Land

Posted by Admin | ACOHL,Custody of the Holy Land | Tuesday 12 November 2019 10:52 am

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Very Rev. Francesco Patton, O.F.M.

Custos of the Holy Land

Born in Vigo Meano in the diocese of Trent on December 23rd, 1963, he belongs to the Franciscan Province of St. Anthony in Italy. He is fluent in English and Spanish, besides his native Italian.

He made his solemn profession on October 4th, 1986 and was ordained priest on May 26th, 1989. In 1993 he earned a Licentiate in Communication Sciences at the Pontifical Salesian University in Rome.

He served in various capacities in his province and also within the Order, as well as in the diocese of Trent. On May 20, 2016 was elected Custos of the Holy Land.

Address:   Saint Savior’s Monastery
    1 Saint Francis Street
P.O.B. 186
9100101 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 626 65 61 (Diana – Personal Secretary)
Fax: (02) 628 47 17
Mobile: 054 527 33 27
Email: custos1@custodia.org
Website: www.custodia.org

 

Most Rev. William H. Shomali

Posted by marc | ACOHL,CELRA,Latin Church | Monday 28 October 2019 9:22 am

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Most Rev. William H. Shomali

Titular Bishop of Lydda

Auxiliary Bishop and Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan

Born on May 15, 1950 in Beit Sahour, Bethlehem province; ordained Priest on June 24, 1972; appointed Titular Bishop of Lydda and Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine on April 7, 2010; and ordained Bishop on May 27, 2010 in Bethlehem. On February 4, 2017 nominated as Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan.

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Address: Latin Vicariate
     28 Princess Alia Street – Sweifieh
P.O.B. 851379
     11185 Amman, Jordan
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Tel: +962 (06) 592 95 46/7
Fax: +962 (06) 592 05 48
Mobile: 079 915 11 33 .
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Email: ws@lpj.org 

Most Rev. Joseph Soueif

Posted by marc | ACOHL,Maronite Church | Monday 28 October 2019 9:03 am

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Most Rev. Joseph Soueif

Archbishop of the Maronite Archdiocese of Cyprus

Born July 14, 1962 in Chekka, Lebanon; ordained Priest September 3, 1987; elected Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus October 28, 2008; ordained Bishop December 6, 2008.

Residence: 10 Karaiskaki Street
2012 Strovolos
1519 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: +357 (22) 42 79 66
Fax: (22) 31 49 19
Email: betmorounincyprus@gmail.com
Email: ysoueif@hotmail.com

Comunicato dell’Assemblea degli Ordinari Cattolici di Terra Santa (AOCTS) – Ottobre 2019

Posted by Admin | ACOHL,Documents | Tuesday 22 October 2019 10:51 am

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Comunicato

Gli Ordinari cattolici di Terra Santa (AOCTS) si sono riuniti in Assemblea plenaria l’8-9 ottobre a Gerusalemme presso il Christian Information Center della Custodia di Terra Santa, recentemente rinnovato. Sua Ecc. il Pro-Presidente, Mons. Moussa El-Hage ha dato il benvenuto a tutti i 20 presenti senza dimenticare i Rappresentanti Pontifici e a Mons. Joseph Matta, Arcivescovo per la Galilea dei Greci Melchiti, che ha partecipato alla riunione dell’AOCTS per la prima volta. I nuovi arrivi in seno all’Assemblea sono benvenuti così potranno portare nuove idee e lavorare con entusiasmo per il bene della Chiesa. Il Nunzio Apostolico in Giordania Mons. Alberto Ortega Martin che è appena stato nominato Nunzio in Cile e l’Esarca Siriano-Cattolico, Mons. Grégoire Pierre Melki, sono stati ringraziati per il loro servizio pastorale e diplomatico, la loro condivisione della fraternità e semplicità di vita nei 5 anni e 17 anni nei quali hanno partecipato alle riunioni dell’AOCTS.

Mercoledì mattina gli Ordinari cattolici hanno concelebrato l’Eucaristia sul Monte Calvario. È stato un momento spirituale forte ed intenso. Ai piedi della croce, i Vescovi hanno pregato per le persone che soffrono nelle loro Diocesi e hanno offerto le loro preoccupazioni e difficoltà al Signore. “Nelle tue mani, Signore …”

Tre parole possono riassumere i temi all’ordine del giorno: accettarsi l’un l’altro come fratelli, rispettare gli altri nella loro dignità, sapere come vivere in modo diverso.

  1. Essere accolti come fratelli. Rafic Nahra ha presentato il tema Formazione integrale dei migranti. La presenza di migranti in Giordania, Israele e Cipro è significativa, circa 250.000, dei quali circa la metà sono cristiani. Questi migranti devono affrontare molte questioni legali, sociali, economiche e di educazione dei figli; a volte sono soggetti a forme di schiavitù e persino costretti a scegliere la prostituzione come mezzo di sussistenza, senza dimenticare i richiedenti asilo che, fuggendo dalla loro terra, sono esposti alla violenza, allo stupro, al rapimento.

La Chiesa, cattolica per sua natura e missione, ha il dovere di educare lo sguardo e il cuore dei suoi fedeli, formare parrocchie e comunità, a vedere nell’altro l’immagine di Dio e vivere come fratelli in Cristo. Ai gruppi di cristiani migranti viene chiesto di aprirsi a una nuova cultura senza isolarsi e allontanarsi. Questa accoglienza diventa ricchezza e opportunità di crescita se generata dalla fede, sostenuta dal vero amore e nutrita dalla speranza.

  1. Rispettarsi a vicenda nella sua dignità. Dopo un lungo processo di preparazione, gli Ordinari hanno letto e apportato gli ultimi ritocchi al testo per definire un Codice Etico (= Codice di condotta) per i luoghi di vita e di lavoro gestiti dalla Chiesa. Ognuno ha il diritto di essere rispettato e il dovere di rispettare gli altri nella loro dignità. Qualsiasi atto di umiliazione, qualsiasi parola offensiva, qualsiasi tentativo di violenza deve essere vietato. Le nostre istituzioni diocesane, parrocchiali e religiose devono brillare attraverso la testimonianza dei valori umani e religiosi che salvaguardano e assicurano la crescita della persona umana.

Il Codice etico della Chiesa cattolica, una volta pubblicato e distribuito, servirà come base per la stesura di un Codice di condotta adattato a ciascuna delle istituzioni cattoliche. Questa non è un’opzione, ma un obbligo.

  1. Sapere come vivere diversamente. George Kraj ha presentato il tema:Autosufficienza alle radici del clericalismo. La Chiesa non è un’élite, il clericalismo è una caricatura della vocazione. Gli abusi di ogni tipo, il modo di esercitare l’autorità e uno stile non conforme alla vocazione ricevuta, hanno contribuito a riflettere sulla incoerenza di stile di vita. A partire dalla vocazione ricevuta, dobbiamo essere portati a riflettere sulla nostra coerenza di vita sacerdotale, sulla nostra dignità e vocazione battesimale, sulla missione della Chiesa di essere a servizio della comunione tra e con tutti. Per vivere in modo diverso, è essenziale chiedersi: dov’è il centro della mia vita?

Le idee derivanti dalla condivisione saranno oggetto di riflessione durante gli incontri di formazione di sacerdoti, diocesani e religiosi.Sapere come vivere diversamente richiede coraggio, ma è l’unico modo per essere testimoni credibili.

  1. Gli Ordinari hanno preso in considerazione il rapporto sul programma di studi imposto nelle scuole palestinesi. Nei libri di testo ci sono affermazioni e insinuazioni che possono essere fraintese e che portano al fanatismo e all’esclusivismo. Dal momento che ciò non riflette la posizione politica dello Stato di Palestina, gli Ordinari cattolici mettono la questione nelle mani del Segretariato per le scuole cristiane che seguirà il caso. 

Decisioni

  1. Gli Ordinari cattolici ringraziano P. Iyad Twal per il suo servizio presso il Segretariato delle Scuole Cristiane di Gerusalemme e Palestina. Il nuovo segretario generale è P. Jamal Khader.
  2. Gli incontri di formazione permanente del clero sono lasciati all’iniziativa di ciascun Ordinario del luogo.
  3. Il tema, che sarà esaminato nella prossima riunione plenaria, toccherà un problema con dimensioni teologiche, ecclesiali e pastorali: l’ammissione ai sacramenti dei fedeli non cattolici. Per pacifismo e per non creare contrasti, spesso si tollerano errori gravi e inaccettabili.
  4. La prossima riunione plenaria si svolgerà il 10-11 marzo 2020. 

Gerusalemme, 14 ottobre 2019

Communiqué de l’Assemblée des Ordinaires Catholiques de Terre Sainte (AOCTS) – Octobre 2019

Posted by Admin | ACOHL,Documents | Tuesday 22 October 2019 10:47 am

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Communiqué

Les Ordinaires Catholiques de Terre Sainte (AOCTS) se sont réunis en assemblée plénière les 8-9 octobre 2019 à Jérusalem, dans les locaux du Christian Information Center de la Custodie de Terre Sainte, récemment rénové. S.Exc. le Pro-Président, Mgr Moussa El-Hage a souhaité la bienvenue à tous les 20 participants présents, sans oublier les Représentants Pontificaux, et à Mgr Joseph Matta, archevêque de Galilée pour les Grecs Melkites qui assiste aux réunions de l’AOCTS pour la première fois. Les nouveaux arrivés au sein de l’Assemblée ont été chaleureusement invités à apporter de nouvelles idées et à travailler avec enthousiasme pour le bien de l’Eglise. Le Nonce Apostolique en Jordanie, Mgr Alberto Ortega Martin, qui vient d’être nommé nonce au Chili, et l’Exarque Syriac-catholique, Mgr Grégoire Pierre Melki, ont été remerciés pour leur service pastoral et diplomatique, leur fraternité partagée et simplicité de vie, pendant 5 ans et 17 ans de leur participation aux réunions de l’AOCTS.

Le mercredi matin, les Ordinaires Catholiques ont concélébré l’Eucharistie sur le Mont du Calvaire. C’était un moment spirituel fort et intense. Aux pieds de la Croix, les Evêques ont prié pour les personnes souffrantes de leurs diocèses et offert au Seigneur leur préoccupations et difficultés. « Entre tes mains, Seigneur… ».

Trois mots peuvent résumer les thèmes mis à l’ordre du jour : s’accueillir en frères, respecter l’autre dans sa dignité, savoir vivre autrement.

1) S’accueillir en frères. P. Rafic Nahra a présenté le thème Formation intégrale des migrants. La présence de migrants en Jordanie, Israël et Chypre est importante. Ils sont environ 250.000 dont environ la moitié est chrétienne. Ces migrants font face à de nombreux problèmes légaux, sociaux, économiques et d’éducation des enfants ; ils sont parfois soumis à des formes d’esclavage et même forcés de choisir la prostitution come moyen de subsistance, sans oublier les demandeurs d’asile qui, en fuyant leur terre, se trouvent exposés à la violence, au viol, à l’enlèvement.

L’Eglise, catholique (c’est à dire universelle) par nature et dans sa mission, a le devoir d’éduquer le regard et le cœur de ses fidèles, qui forment les paroisses et les communautés, à voir dans l’autre l’image de Dieu, et à vivre en frères dans le Christ. Aux groupes des chrétiens migrants, il est demandé de s’ouvrir à une nouvelle culture sans s’isoler et s’éloigner. Cet accueil devient une richesse et une opportunité de croissance s’il est engendré par la foi, soutenu par un amour vrai, et nourri par l’espérance.

2) Respecter l’autre dans sa dignité. Après un long processus de préparation, les Ordinaires ont lu et apporté les dernières retouches au texte permettant de définir un Code Ethique (= Code of Conduct) pour les lieux de vie et de travail gérés par l’Eglise. Toute personne a le droit d’être respectée et le devoir de respecter l’autre dans sa dignité. Tout acte humiliant, toute parole offensante, toute tentative de violence sont à proscrire. Nos institutions diocésaines, paroissiales, religieuses doivent briller par le témoignage des valeurs humaines et religieuses qui sauvegardent et assurent la croissance de la personne humaine.

Le Code Ethique de l’Eglise Catholique, une fois publié et distribué, servira de base pour pouvoir rédiger un Code de Conduite adapté à chacune des institutions catholiques. Cela n’est pas une option, mais bien une obligation.

3) Savoir vivre autrement. Le P. George Kraj a présenté le thème : L’autosuffisance aux racines du Cléricalisme. L’Eglise n’est pas une élite, le cléricalisme est une caricature de la vocation. Les expériences d’abus de toute sorte, d’autorité mal exercée et les comportements non conformes à la vocation reçue, ont aidé à réfléchir sur notre cohérence de vie pas conforme. Prendre pour point de départ la vocation reçue, amène à réfléchir sur notre cohérence de vie sacerdotale, sur notre dignité et vocation baptismale, et sur la mission de l’Église qui est d’être au service de la communion entre et avec tous. Pour vivre autrement, il est indispensable de se demander : Où se trouve le centre de ma vie ?

Les idées surgies du partage, seront l’objet de réflexion aux cours des réunions de formation des prêtres, diocésains et religieux. Savoir vivre autrement demande du courage, mais c’est l’unique façon d’être des témoins crédibles.

Les Ordinaires ont pris en considération le rapport sur le curriculum palestinien imposé dans les écoles. Dans les livres de classe, l’on trouve des affirmations et des insinuations qui peuvent être mal comprises et conduire au fanatisme et à l’exclusivisme. Puisque cela ne reflète pas la position politique de l’Etat de Palestine, les Ordinaires Catholiques mettent la question entre les mains du Secrétariat pour les écoles chrétiennes qui suivra l’affaire.

Décisions

1. Les Ordinaires Catholiques remercient le P. Iyad Twal pour son service au secrétariat des écoles chrétiennes de Jérusalem et Palestine. Le nouveau secrétaire général est le P. Jamal Khader.

2. Les sessions de formation permanente du clergé sont laissées à l’initiative de chaque Ordinaire du lieu.

3. Le thème, objet d’étude de la prochaine réunion plénière, touchera un problème aux dimensions théologiques, ecclésiales et pastorales : l’admission aux sacrements des fidèles non-catholiques. Par souci d’irénisme et parfois pour avoir la paix, on tolère trop souvent des erreurs graves et inacceptables.

4. La prochaine assemblée plénière aura lieu le 10-11 mars 2020.

Jérusalem, le 14 octobre 2019

Communiqué of the ACOHL – October 2019

Posted by Admin | ACOHL,Documents | Tuesday 22 October 2019 10:33 am

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Communiqué

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (ACOHL) met in plenary session on October 8-9, 2019 in Jerusalem, in the newly renovated Christian Information Center of the Custody of the Holy Land. The Pro-President, Archbishop Moussa El-Hage welcomed all 20 member-participants, the Pontifical Representatives, and Archbishop Joseph Matta of the Greek Melkites in Galilee, who attended the meeting for the first time.  New arrivals to the Assembly are most welcome as they bring new ideas and work with enthusiasm for the good of the Church. The Apostolic Nuncio in Jordan, Archbishop Alberto Ortega Martin, just appointed Nuncio in Chile, and Syriac-Catholic Exarch, Bishop Gregory Pierre Melki, were thanked for their diplomatic and pastoral service, in fraternity and simplicity of life in the five years and 17 years respectively, of their participation in the ACOHL meetings.

On Wednesday morning, the Catholic Ordinaries concelebrated the Eucharist on Mount Calvary. It was a strong and intense spiritual moment. At the foot of the Cross, the Bishops prayed for the suffering people of their dioceses and offered their concerns and difficulties to the Lord. “Into your hands, Lord …”

The meeting agenda had three themes: to welcome and accept one another as brothers, to respect the dignity of the other, and to know how to live differently.

1. To welcome and accept the other as brothers. Father Rafic Nahra presented the theme Migrant Training and Integration. The presence of migrants in Jordan, Israel and Cyprus is significant. They are about 250,000, almost half are Christians. These migrants face many legal, social, economic and child-rearing challenges.  They are vulnerable to forms of slavery and even forced to choose prostitution as a means of sustenance and survival.  There are as well asylum seekers who by fleeing from their countries, find themselves exposed to violence, rape and abduction.

The Catholic Church by nature and mission, has a duty to educate the minds and the hearts of the faithful, who form the parishes and communities: to see in the other the image of God, and to live as brothers in Christ.  Groups of Christian migrants are asked to be open to a new culture without isolating themselves and walking away. This welcome and acceptance become a wealth and an opportunity for growth if it is generated by faith, supported by true love and nourished by hope.

2. Respect for the dignity of the other. After a long process of preparation, the Ordinaries have read, reviewed and are defining the final text of the Code of Ethics for the life and work environments in Church-run institutions and organizations. Everyone has the right to be respected and the duty to respect others with dignity. Any act of humiliation, any offensive word, any attempt at violence are unacceptable and must be prohibited. Our diocese, parish and religious institutions must give witness to the human and religious values that safeguard and ensure the growth of the human person.

The Code of Ethics of the Catholic Church, once published and distributed, will serve as a basis for the drafting of a Code of Conduct adapted to each Catholic institution. This is not an option but an obligation.

3. To know how to live differently. Father George Kraj presented on the theme: Self-Sufficiency at the Roots of Clericalism. The Church is not elite, clericalism is a caricature of the vocation. Experiences of any kind of abuse, poorly exercised authority and behavior that does not conform to the vocation received have helped to reflect the inconsistency of our life. The vocation received should lead us to reflect on the coherence of our priestly life, on our dignity and baptismal vocation, and on the mission of the Church which is to be at the service of communion between each other and with everyone. To live differently, it is essential to ask oneself: Where is the center of my life?

The insights and ideas arising from the sharing will be the focus of reflection during formation meetings of diocesan and religious priests. To know how to live differently takes courage, but it is the only way for us to be credible witnesses.

4. The Ordinaries have taken into consideration the report on the Palestinian curriculum made obligatory in schools. There are statements and indications in schoolbooks that can be misunderstood and lead to fanaticism and exclusivity. Since this does not reflect the political position of the State of Palestine, the Catholic Ordinaries referred this issue to the General Secretariat for Christian Schools to follow up.

Decisions

1. The Catholic Ordinaries thanked Father Iyad Twal for his service at the Secretariat of the Christian Schools of Jerusalem and Palestine. The new Secretary General is Father Jamal Khader.

2. The meetings for ongoing formation of the clergy are left to the initiative of each local Ordinary.

3. The theme for consideration and discussion at the next plenary will focus on theological, ecclesial and pastoral dimension issues regarding admission to the sacraments for non-Catholic faithful. To keep a conciliatory dialogue and avoid confrontations, serious and erroneous situations are often taken into consideration and tolerated.

4. The next plenary meeting will take place on 10-11 March 2020.

Jerusalem, 14 October, 2019

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