On Friday, August 25th, 2023, His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, inaugurated at the invitation of His Excellency Bishop Mar Yacoub Ephrem Semaan as Patriarchal Vicar of the Syriac Catholic Church of Jerusalem, Holy Land and Jordan, the new pastoral hall in the Syriac Catholic Monestry in Jerusalem. With the participation of the Apostolic Nuncio, several priests, as well as members of the Syriac Catholic community.
Bishop Mar Yaqoub expressed his delight at the presence of the Patriarch and explained that this project aims to better serve the parishioners, by providing a space to serve their different pastoral needs. Also, on this occasion, H.B. Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan, Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, sent an encouraging message, which was read out loud during the inauguration.
Mgr Pizzaballa expressed his great joy at witnessing the completion of such a charitable work that serves the Christians of the Holy Land, and stressed by saying: "Indeed Jerusalem remains for all, both Muslims and Jews. But it remains a Holy Land for Christians, as it is the land of Christ. Hence, we must uphold it and remain rooted in it".