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Presentation about the Latin Patriarchate of JerusalemSalem-News.com Staff Report
"We need a political horizon, it's time to put an end to the Wall, the Checkpoints, it's time for a Palestinian State..." - Fouad Twal
(AMMAN, Jordan) - Fouad Twal (Arabic: فؤاد طوال) is the Roman Catholic archbishop and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem since June 2008. He was ordained to the priesthood on 29 June 1966, after which he was the vicar of Ramallah.
In 1972 Fouad Twal entered the Pontifical Lateran University and was awarded a doctorate in canon law in 1975. By 1992 he was appointed the prelate of the territorial prelature of Tunis by Pope John Paul II.
In 1995, the territorial prelature was elevated to become the Diocese of Tunis, and Twal was made an archbishop ad personam.
In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI named him the coadjutor archbishop of Jerusalem. He succeeded Michel Sabbah as the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem in 2008, the year he explained his understanding of the situation of Palestine and its people:
"We receive a lot of help and we are grateful but at the same time we say we need more. What we need is peace. We don’t only want to be a begging Church, we don't want to be beggars with a licence. I don't like this. We need a political horizon, it's time to put an end to the Wall, the Checkpoints, it's time for a Palestinian State, it's time for an end to our problems with visa's."
On 7 March 2009 Pope Benedict appointed Patriarch Twal as a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches
This is a 14-minutes movie presenting the mission of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in Jordan, Palestine and Israel. His Beatitude Msgr.
Fouad Twal speaks about the culture of dialogue and peace, and other prominent speakers... a must see movie.
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