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ACOHL pays tribute to Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim

 The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land paid tribute to the 157th  Patriarch of Antioch, H.B. Ignatius IV Hazim, Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. The region lost one of the greatest spiritual figures of the Arab Christian world .

Venerable Members
HOLY SYNOD

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch
DAMASCUS

CONDOLENCES

At the news of the death of H.B. Ignatius IV Hazim, Greek-Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and of all the East, the members of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land pay homage to a man and a priest who for many years played a leading role in the Church and particularly during the 33 years of his patriarchate.

We join together to underline the moderation of Patriarch Hazim in the midst of an explosive and turbulent society.  He always defended unity and rejected violence. We stress his faith in dialogue among the Churches and religions where his presence was considered and his word was heard.  We also remember his outstanding commitment in the field of human and Christian formation of priests and laity. The Patriarchate of Antioch and the Middle East lost a guide whose wisdom and advice is, now more than ever, needed to face today’s challenges.

We entrust to God the soul of His wise and perceptive servant, who he is numbered among His beloved elect.  As  a grain is sown in good soil, we entrust to land of Damascus the mortal remains of H.B. Ignatius IV Hazim with the hope that we realize what the great Patriarch said last summer, “the bloody crisis that shakes Syria will not alienate Christians from Muslims of the country.” So be it.

 

+ Fouad TWAL
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
President A.C.O.H.L.

+ Elias CHACOUR
Greek-Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Akka
Vice President A.C.O.H.L.

+ George LINGUA
Apostolic Nuncio for Jordan

+ Giuseppe LAZZAROTTO
Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem
Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus

 +  Michel SABBAH
Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem

 +  Yaser Al-AYYASH
Greek Catholic Melkite Archbishop of Petra and Philadelphia (Amman)

Joseph SOUEIF
Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus

Mussa AL-HAGE
Maronite Archbishop of Haifa & Holy Land
Maronite Exarch of Jerusalem

+  Boutros MOUALLEM
Greek Catholic Melkite Archbishop of Akka Emeritus

+  Gregoire Pierre MELKI
Syrian Catholic Exarch of Jerusalem

+  Joseph Jules ZEREY
Greek Melkite Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem

Maroun LAHHAM
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan

+  Giacinto-Boulos MARCUZZO
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Israel

+  William SHOMALI
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem & Palestine

+  Kamal-Hanna BATHISH
Latin Patriarchal Vicar General Emeritus

+  Salim SAYEGH
Latin Patriarchal Vicar Emeritus for Jordan

Msgr. Joseph KELEKIAN
Armenian Catholic Exarch of Jerusalem

Very Rev. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, OFM
Custos of the Holy Land

Rev.  Evencio HERRERA DIAZ, OFM
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Cyprus

Rev. David NEUHAUS, S.J.
Patriarchal Vicar Hebrew-speaking Catholic Vicariate

Rev. Raymond MOUSSALLI
Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan

Rev. Pietro FELET, scj
Secretary General