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H.B. Patriarch Fouad Twal – Biography


Curriculum Vitae of His Beatitude, Patriarch Fouad Twal

October 23, 1940:  Born Fouad Boutros Ibrahim Twal in Madaba, Jordan
October 1959:  Entered the Patriarchal Seminary in Beit Jala
June 29, 1966:  Ordained priest
August 1966:  Parochial Vicar of the Latin  parish of the Holy Family in Ramallah, Palestine
January 1967:  Parish Priest of St. George in Irbid, Jordan
June 1968:  Parish Priest of Mary Mother of the Church in Marka, Jordan
September 1972:  Began Canon Law studies at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome
1974:  Admitted to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy and promised a diplomatic mission
1976:  Obtained doctorate in Canon Law with thesis on the Traditional Bedouin Law
1977:  Entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See
1978:  Appointed Chargé d’Affaires at the Nunciature of Honduras
1982:  Appointed to the Council for Political Affairs of the Secretariat of State
1985:  First secretary of the Nunciature in Egypt (Cairo)
1988:  Adviser of the Apostolic Nunciature in Germany (Bonn)
1990:  Adviser of the Apostolic Nunciature in Peru (Lima)
May 30, 1992:  Appointed Bishop-Prelate of Tunis
1994:  Elevated to Archbishop of Tunis
2003:  Appointed Chairman of the Bishops’ Conference of the Northern Region of Africa (CERNA)
September 2005: Appointed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Coadjutor Archbishop of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
March 14, 2006:  Elected President of Bethlehem University
January 29, 2007:  Appointed member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue
June 21, 2008:  Succeeded H.B. Michel Sabbah as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
March 8, 2009:  Appointed member of the Congregation for Eastern Churches
September10, 2009:  Appointed member of the Presidential Committee of the Pontifical Council for the Family
Present President of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (AOCTS) and Conference of Latin Bishops of the Arab Regions (CELRA)