The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land congratulate Archbishop-designate Ilario Antoniazzi of the  Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, on his appointment as the new Archbishop of Tunis on February 21, 2013.


February 21, 2013

  The Most Reverend Ilario Antoniazzi

Archbishop-designate of Tunis

c/o Latin Parish Church

30055 Rameh


 Your Excellency,

The Holy See has just announced your appointment as Archbishop of Tunis.  The members of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land express their gratitude to the Holy Father for his choice, and joy that a member of the clergy of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem is deemed worthy for such a mission.

We understand what your feelings may be at this time.  On one hand, a sense of confusion in the face of this new and profound call of the Lord. While on the other hand, you feel the need to thank God for the wonders He has done in you.  We invite you to think about the names of two of your predecessors in the fifth century on the cathedra of Carthage, the Bishops ‘Quodvultdeus’ and ‘Deogratias’ … and your name “Ilario” (Joy).

Our wish for you is that you always do the will of God with joy and gratitude to the Lord of history and the experience in your lifetime as a priest in the service of the community in Jordan, Galilee, and now in Tunisia. Three different environments from each other, but three vast areas to make known the Word of God, which you proclaimed and will continue to do so in your new mission.

Most Reverend Ilario,

We have known, appreciated and rejoiced in being together during the various priest meetings or inter-ritual spiritual retreats.  As a sign of communion on the day of your Episcopal Ordination, we, the Bishops, will impose our hands upon your head and invoke the Holy Spirit to make you a pastor according to the heart of God, and zealous as your predecessors.  With our best wishes and alf mabrouk.

The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land

+ Fouad TWAL

Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins
President, ACOHL

+ Giorgio LINGUA

Apostolic Nuncio to Jordan


Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine
Apostolic Nuncio to Israel and Cyprus

+ Michel SABBAH

Patriarch Emeritus of the Latins


Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Akka
Vice President, ACOHL

+ Yaser Al-AYYASH

Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Petra and Philadelphia

+ Boutros MOUALLEM

Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Akka

+ Moussa EL-HAGE

Maronite Archbishop of Haifa
Maronite Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem, Palestine, Jordan

+ Gregoire Pierre MELKI

Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch – Jerusalem

+ Joseph Jules ZEREY

Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem

+Youssef Antoine SOUEIF

Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus

+ Maroun LAHHAM

Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan

+ Giacinto-Boulos MARCUZZO

Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Israel

+ William SHOMALI

Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem

+ Kamal-Hanna BATHISH

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

+ Selim SAYEGH

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus


Latin Archbishop of Baghdad
Greek Melkite Apostolic Administrator in Jordan

Rt. Rev. Arch Joseph KELEKIAN

Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Amman

Very Rev. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, O.F.M.

Custos of the Holy Land

Rev. David NEUHAUS, S.J.

Patriarchal Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholic Vicariate

Rev. Raymond MOUSSALLI

Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan

Rev. Peter FELET, SCJ

Secretary General, ACOHL


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