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ROME – On Wednesday, November 15 , 2017, Fr. Yacoub Rafidi, Rector of the Latin Patriarchate Seminary in Beit Jala defended his doctoral thesis entitled “Catholic Pilgrimage in the Holy Land (1799 – 1914)” at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

The importance of Fr. Rafidi’s thesis lies in demonstrating the historical circumstances and the establishment of a pilgrimage movement to the Holy Land in the second half of the 18th century. Equally, it will serve the Church in the Holy Land spiritually, ecclesiastically as well as in tourism through historical and theological methods in the context of the second half of the 18th century.  

On this occasion, several Latin Patriarchate priests attended the thesis defense and other scholar priests who reside in Rome.

For the preparation of this doctoral thesis, Fr. Yacoub worked for 5 years in the archives office of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Franciscan fathers, Carmelites and the Assumptionists.

On August 15, 2017, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, appointed Fr. Rafidi as the Rector of the Latin Seminary in Beit Jala.

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, including vicars, clergy and faithful, extend their sincere congratulations to Fr. Yaacoub Rafidi on this achievement.

Rula Shomali

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