Saint Thomas Foundation ......................................................... 288
Salesian Pontifical University .................................................. 289
Secours Catholique (Caritas France) ....................................... 289
XII. General Summary........................................................................ 290
Appendix: Bishops and Patriarchs of Jerusalem: A.D. 62 to present 294
Index of Institutions and Places........................................................ 297
Foreword This is a new edition of the Directory of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land. For the first time it is published in English in order to make it available to a greater number of people, both in the Holy Land and throughout the world.
The Directory is an instrument of communication, information and communion among the members of the Mother Church itself. It helps to keep alive and enhance the unity and solidarity which were so strong in the early days of the Church: “These remained faithful to the teaching of the Apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers” (Acts 2, 42)…” The whole group of believers was united, heart and soul” (Acts 4, 32). These values are necessary for the spiritual life, for engaging in pastoral work, and for bearing witness to Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, the Directory is also useful to those who wish to know about the presence and activities of the Catholic Church through its shrines, parishes, religious congregations and orders, schools, academic institutes of higher learning, seminaries, hospitals and medical services, charitable and humanitarian centers, pilgrim services, etc.
The Holy Land is the privileged place where the Mystery of Salvation unfolded. For Christians, it is the Land of the Patriarchs and the Prophets as well as that of Jesus Christ and the Apostles, and the birthplace of the Church. It is from the Mother Church of Jerusalem that millions of faithful received the Gospel and their faith in Jesus Christ. As Christians, we were all spiritually born in the grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem; as members of the Church, we all emerged from the Cenacle strengthened by the Holy Spirit, with the mandate to continue the mission of Christ in today’s world.
While pilgrims have resumed walking in the footsteps of Jesus, the Directory will help them to better organize their unique spiritual experience, to support morally and materially the local Christian communities, and to be instruments of peace and fraternity.
A glimmer of hope for peace in the Holy Land is shining again at the horizon. Let us sustain it with our prayer and presence as well as with ideas and works of peace.
+ Antonio Franco
Nuncio and Apostolic Delegate
User's Guide English names
The English names used to identify the various dioceses, institutes and institutions are those found in the Annexes of the Legal Personality Agreement between the Holy See and the State of Israel (November 10, 1997) which list the official ecclesiastical legal persons in existence at the time of the entry into force of the Agreement.
Whenever an institute or institution is not listed in these Annexes, either because it established itself in the Holy Land after the signing of the Agreement or because it is established only in an area of the diocese that is not subject to Israeli law (West Bank, Jordan, Cyprus), its name has been translated by the present editors. If an institute has changed its name but has not registered the new one according to the provisions contained in the Legal Personality Agreement, the new name is given in parenthesis and in smaller letters after the one officially listed in the Agreement.
Whenever an entity is traditionally known by some other name, either in English or in some other language, the traditional name is added in italics to facilitate use of this Directory by those unfamiliar with the institution's legal name.
The date found next to the name of an institute or institution is that of its official arrival in the Holy Land, not that of its foundation.
Alternate Mailing addresses
Given the current difficulties in routing mail to the West Bank, several institutions that are located there have obtained Post Office Boxes in Jerusalem, hence the additional "mailing address" of several West Bank institutions. In some cases, the "local address" also contains a Post Office Box number. This address should be used only when sending mail from one address to another WITHIN the West Bank.
All telephone numbers are preceded by the area code within the country in question. They are dropped when calling a number within the same area, except when from a mobile phone.
To call from one country to another, one must first dial the International Access Code particular to the country from which one is calling, then dial the Country Code of the country being called. The Country Codes most commonly employed by the users of this Directory are the following:
Country dialing codes
United Arab Emirates
Yemen, Arab Republic of
"Dear Brothers and Sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me, a simple and humble worker in the Lord's vineyard. I am consoled by the fact that the Lord can work and act even with inadequate instruments. Above all, I entrust myself to your prayers. In the joy of the Risen Lord, trusting in his permanent help, let us go forward. The Lord will help us and Mary, his Most Holy Mother, is on our side" (Greetings addressed to the faithful by Pope Benedict XVI following his election on April 19, 2005).
The Holy See
POPE BENEDICT XVI Bishop of Rome
Vicar of Jesus Christ
Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church
Born in Marktl am Inn, in the Diocese of Passau, Bavaria, Germany, April 16, 1927; ordained Priest, June 29, 1951; appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising, March 24, 1977; ordained Bishop, May 28, 1977; proclaimed and created Cardinal in the consistory of June 27, 1977; appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, President of the Pontifical Commission and of the International Theological Commission, November 25, 1981; Dean of the College of Cardinals, November 30, 2002; elected Pope, April 19, 2005; installed as Universal Pastor, April 24, 2005.
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 1994, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the State of Israel, the Apostolic Delegation covers only Jerusalem and the Palestinian Territories.
Former Apostolic Delegates:
His Excellency Most Reverend Gustavo Testa 1948-1953
His Excellency Most Reverend Silvio Oddi 1953-1956
His Excellency Most Reverend Giuseppe Sensi 1957-1962
His Excellency Most Reverend Lino Zanini 1962-1965
His Excellency Most Reverend Augustin Sepinski 1966-1969
His Excellency Most Reverend Pio Laghi 1969-1974
His Excellency Most Reverend William A. Carew 1974-1983
His Excellency Most Reverend Carlo Curis 1983-1990
His Excellency Most Reverend Andrea di Montezemolo 1990-1998
His Excellency Most Reverend Pietro Sambi 1998-2006
Address: Apostolic Delegation
Mount of Olives
At Tor Street
Tel: (02) 628 22 98; 628 86 30
Fax: (02) 628 18 80
In Israel On December 30, 1993, the Holy See and the State of Israel signed a Fundamental Agreement, the equivalent of an international treaty, which defined and normalized several aspects of their mutual relations. On June 14, 1994, another agreement was signed establishing full diplomatic relations between the parties. An Apostolic Nunciature was opened in Israel, in the Old Jaffa section of Tel Aviv.
Address: Apostolic Nunciature
In Cyprus In establishing the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem and Palestine on February 11, 1948, Pope Pius XII wanted to include in its territory the Island of Cyprus. After gaining its independence in 1959 and becoming a republic in 1960, Cyprus established diplomatic relations with the Holy See on May 28, 1973. Since then, the Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem is also the accredited Apostolic Nuncio to Cyprus whose headquarters are located next to the Franciscan Church of the Holy Cross, at Paphos Gate, in Nicosia.
Address: Apostolic Nunciature
Holy Cross Church
1010 Nicosia, Cyprus
Tel: +357 (22) 66 21 32
Fax: +357 (22) 66 07 67
Attaché: Rev. Umberto Baratto, O.F.M.
Most Reverend Antonio Franco Titular Archbishop of Gallese Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine
Apostolic Nuncio in Israel
Apostolic Nuncio in Cyprus Born in Puglianello (Benevento), Italy, March 24th, 1937; ordained Priest, July 10th, 1960, for the Diocese of Telese o Cerreto (now Cerreto Sannita-Telese-Sant’Agata de Goti; entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1972; served in Bolivia, Iran, France, in the Permanent Representation at the United Nations in New York and the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State - Vatican; elevated to the Titular See of Gallese in March 28th, 1992 and appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine, on April 26th 1992 he was ordained Bishop in St. Peter’s Basilica. In 1999 he was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Philippines.
Since January 21, 2006, he has been Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus, and Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine.
Secretary: Rev. Msgr. Paolo Borgia Cultural Attaché: Rev. Juan Maria Solana, L.C.
Chargé of the Holy See for Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center
Attaché for Social Affairs: Rev. Pietro Felet, S.C.J.
Director of the Secretariat of Solidarity
In Jordan Formerly, the Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem was also the Apostolic Delegate for Jordan. The office holders were therefore the same as those mentioned above for Jerusalem.
On March 3, 1994, the Holy See and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan agreed to establish full diplomatic relations. Subsequently, a Nunciature was established in Amman on April 6, 1994 and a Jordanian Embassy was accredited to the Holy See.
Address: Apostolic Nunciature
11814 Amman, Jordan
Tel: +962 (06) 59 29 934
Fax: +962 (06) 59 29 932
His Excellency Most Reverend
Fancis Assisi Chullikatt
Titular Archbishop of Ostra Apostolic Nuncio to Jordan
Born on March 20, 1953 in Bolghatty (India), he was ordained a priest on June 3, 1978 for the Archdiocese of Verapoly, India. Obtained a doctorate in Canon Law, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 15 July, 1988. He served in Honduras, South Africa, Philippines, United Nations (New York) and at the Secretariat of State in the Vatican. Elected Titular Archbishop of Ostra on April 29, 2006, he was consecrated Bishop on June 25, 2006. He is also Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq.
Rev. Msgr. Matteo de Mori
Born on October 3, 1963 in Italy. Ordained a priest on June 25, 1988.
Rev. Msgr. Michael Francis Crotty Born on March 26, 1970 in Ireland. Ordained a priest on July 3, 1994.
The Catholic Church in the Holy Land
Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (Assemblée des Ordinaires Catholiques de Terre Sainte)
The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land was established at the initiative of the Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem to foster unity within the Church of the Holy Land. It is composed of the Catholic Ordinaries of the various rites who have jurisdiction over the territory of the Holy Land. The Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, approved the statutes of the Assembly on January 27, 1992. Its purpose is to coordinate both the witness of the Gospel and the service of the community, to study common problems, to encourage exchanges of information and experience, and to create common pastoral programs for the good of the entire Church.
Interritual Pastoral Committee Following the Diocesan Synod held between 1995 and 2000, the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land established the Interritual Pastoral Committee to promote and coordinate the implementation of the General Pastoral Plan drawn up by the Synod. In addition to the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, the Committee is composed of 72 members, comprising priests, men and women religious, and lay men and women of all the Catholic Churches of Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Its General Secretariat is made up as follows:
General Secretary: Rev. Msgr. Rafiq Khoury
Office Directress: Miss Ilham Marshi
Address: Latin Patriarchate
Tel: (02) 628 23 23; Fax: (02) 627 16 52
Latin Church: Rev. Farah Hijazin
Mrs. Bassima Simaan
Melkite Church: Rev. Hikmat Haddadin
Melkite Church: Mr. Nasser Chacour
Mr. Daoud Daoud
Maronite Church: Miss Ilham Marshi
Melkite Church: Rev. Ni'man Koushaya
Latin Church: Mrs. Sherine Moughannam
Mr. Anton Barrouk
Interritual Presbyteral Council
Secretary: Rev. Massoud Abu Hatoum
Treasurer: Rev. Afif Makkhoul
Melkite Church: Rev. MarounTannous
Rev. William Abou Chqara
Maronite Church: Rev. Afif Makkhoul
Rev. Samer Zaknoun
Latin Church: Rev. Yousef Rizeq
Rev. Kyrillos Maqqar
Interritual Catechetical Commission
Director: Sr. Virginie Habib
Assistant Director: Mr. Samir Hodaly
Melkite Church: Rev. Ni'man Koushaya
Miss Na'ela Rabah
Miss Abeer Misleh
Maronite Church: Miss Ilham Marshi
Armenian Catholic: Mrs. Nabila Shemmessian
Latin Church: Rev. Rafiq Khoury
Rev. Firas Hijazin, O.F.M
Rev. Raed Abu Sahlieh
Miss Gloria Nasser
Sr. Léonie Salem
Mr. Samer Badra
Mrs. Sherine Mughannam
Mr. Youssef Shahine
Director: Most Rev. Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo
Maronite Church: Rev. Samer Zaknoun
Mr. Shakib Andari
Mrs. Daliah Yacoub
Melkite Church: Rev. Elias Abed
Sr. Rabhah Kayrouz, fmm
Mr. Daoud Daoud
Miss Lubna Obeid
Mrs. Badirah Kassis
Latin Church: Rev. Elias Odeh
Sr. Suheir William, fma
Sr. Bernadette Maroun, cstf
Miss Noha Hefawi
Director: Most Rev. Selim Sayegh
Assistant Director: Rev. Farah Hijazin
Secretary: Mr. Ayman Kaldani
Maronite Church: Rev. George Shehan
Melkite Church: Rev. Boulos Haddad
Mrs. Ester Akroush
Mrs. Rima Nshewat
Mr. Jihad Amari
Latin Church: Rev. Ibrahim Sabagh, O.F.M.
Sr. Carla Almasher, Rosary Sister
Catechism: Sr. Virginie Habib
Office director: Mr. Samir Hodaly
Tel: (02) 628 23 23
Director: Rev. Farah Hijazin
Assistant director: Ayman Kaldani
Justice and Peace Commission Founded on April 20, 1971, the Commission for Justice and Peace functions under the auspices of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land as a Catholic resource, liaison, and animation center to further the social mission of the Church.
Address Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center
Tel & fax: (02) 628 77 19
President: Rev. Frans Bouwen, M.Afr.
Vice President: Miss Doris Salah
National Offices for Catholic Schools (cf. page 234)
Palestine: Rev. Abdel-Masih Fahim, O.F.M.
Israel: Rev. Mario Murru, S.D.B.
Jordan: Rev. Hanna Kaldani
Caritas (cf. page 266)
Secretary: Rev. Pietro Felet, S.C.J.
Jerusalem Mrs. Claudette Habesch, Secretary General
Jordan: Mr. Wa’el Suleiman, Director
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