Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem and Palestine

Posted by marc | Holy See | Wednesday 7 November 2018 8:00 am

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Apostolic Delegation
in Jerusalem and Palestine

 

Until 1929 Palestine was under the jurisdiction of the Apostolic Delegate to Syria
who resided in Beirut, Lebanon. In March 1929, Pope Pius XI attached Palestine, which included the territories under British Mandate, to the Pontifical Representation in Cairo, whose incumbent also had a residence in Jerusalem.
On February 11, 1948, Pope Pius XII established the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem and in Palestine, which included Israel, Jordan and Cyprus. Since 1973, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Republic of Cyprus, and since 1994, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the State of Israel and with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,the Apostolic Delegation covers only Jerusalem and the territories of the State of Palestine.
The Holy See has full diplomatic relations with the State of Palestine, with which a Comprehensive Agreement was signed in 2015. An Embassy of the State of Palestine has been established in Vatican.

 

Former Apostolic Delegates:
His Excellency Most Reverend Gustavo Testa 1948 – 1953
His Excellency Most Reverend Silvio Angelo Pio Oddi 1953 – 1956
His Excellency Most Reverend Giuseppe Maria Sensi 1957 – 1962
His Excellency Most Reverend Lino Zanini 1962 – 1965
His Excellency Most Reverend Augustin-Joseph Antoine Sepinski 1966  – 1969
His Excellency Most Reverend Pio Laghi 1969 – 1974
His Excellency Most Reverend William Aquin Carew 1974 – 1983
His Excellency Most Reverend Carlo Curis 1983 – 1990
His Excellency Most Reverend Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo 1990 – 1998
His Excellency Most Reverend Pietro Sambi 1998 – 2005
His Excellency Most Reverend Antonio Franco 2006 – 2012
His Excellency Most Reverend Giuseppe Lazzarotto 2012 – 2017

Apostolic Delegate: 

His Excellency Most Reverend Leopoldo Girelli

Secretary of the Delegation:
Msgr. Marco Formica

Cultural Attaché:
Rev. Juan María Solana, L.C.
Chargé of the Holy See for Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center

Address:
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Apostolic Delegation
At Tor Street, Mount of Olives
P.O.B. 19199
9119102 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 628 22 98
Tel: (02) 628 86 30
Fax: (02) 628 18 80
Email: da.jerusalem@diplomat.va
Website: www.vatican.va