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From July 3-7, about sixty Latin, Melkite, Maronite, and Syriac Catholic priests gathered for their annual retreat at the Domus Galilaeae. It was an opportunity to share moments of spirituality and to examine issues relating to the life of Christians in the Holy Land.

Since 1994, and thanks to the Diocesan Pastoral Synod of the Catholic Churches in the Holy Land, the priests of the Patriarchate meet annually for a spiritual retreat. This year, the event was organized by the Secretariat of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land and the general Presbyteral Council of Priests of Galilee.

With the participation of many bishops – Patriarch Sabbah, Patriarch Twal, Msgr. Bathish, Msgr. Marcuzzo, Msgr. Mouallem, Msgr. Shacour, Msgr. Bacouni, Msgr. Zerey, Msgr. Hage et Msgr. Malki – the priests present shared moments of common prayer according to a different rite for each day. They also came together for two spiritual conferences, presented by the Coptic Catholic Patriarch His Beatitude Sadraq Ibrahim, during which everyone was able to ask questions and exchange ideas and experiences. Many issues were discussed such as ecclesiastical tribunals, apostolic movements and schools. Msgr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate, joined them on the last day to say hello and share a moment of prayer.

This retreat also was also an opportunity for celebrating anniversaries: Patriarch Twal, Msgr. Malki, Msgr. Zerey and priests Salim Soussan and Maroun Tannous, who celebrated their episcopal or priestly jubilee. At the end of the retreat, everyone was able to enjoy some free time to visit the holy places or continue to share this moment of fellowship with others.

From our correspondent in Galilee.

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