ASIA/HOLY LAND - Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal: "My mission continues"

Tuesday, 5 July 2016 evangelization   dialogue  


Jerusalem (Agenzia Fides) - "I have reached the end of my mission as Patriarch, however my mission as a priest, friend and citizen continues": says the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, His Exc. Mgr. Fouad Twal, who has reached the age limit of 75 years and is about to retire. In an interview published on the website of the Latin Patriarchate, Mgr. Fouad Twal also talks about the legacy that he now leaves in the hands of the new Apostolic Administrator, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa: "Among the assets that the new Administrator can count is the fact that he served for 12 years as Custos of the Holy Land and was the Vicar of the Latin Patriarch for the Hebrew speaking Catholic community. He knows very well the challenges and problems of the Church in the Holy Land". Mgr. Twal then says "to these assets, nevertheless, are the added problems of the Arabic language, the Eastern mentality and all pastoral activity. So I understand his concern, that of our priests and even some Franciscans: We are all full of good will to help in this task". To the new Administrator, the Emeritus Patriarch hopes he will be able "to totally win the confidence of the priests, begin the reform with conviction and without hesitation, while remembering that the administrator’s job does not always mean popularity". (PA) (Agenzia Fides 05/07/2016)