Manoughian aoctsThe Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land congratulated the  new Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Nourhan MANOOGIAN.

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Jerusalem, 25 January 2013


 His Beatitude

Patriarch Nourhan MANOOGIAN

Armenian Patriarchate

P.O.B. 14235


The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land is very grateful to the Almighty God  that on Thursday, January 24, 2013, the distinguished Members of the Holy Synod elected you, Archbishop Nourhan Manoogian as 97th Patriarch of the Armenian Church n the Holy Land.

We express to your Beatitude, our sincere wishes for your new mission as Head of a great and ancient Church in Jerusalem, for your commitment in ecumenical endeavors, and for your stewardship of the rights of the Armenian community.

Armenians are a vibrant component of a much larger and more diverse society, visibly present here in the Holy Land, in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, in Ramallah, Amman and Haifa.

Your experience as Executive Secretary of the Jerusalem Inter-Church Committee and Executive Director of the Middle East Council of Churches prepared you to be totally involved in our ecumenical work and aspiration “to be one’ in Christ.”

Armenians all over the world regard Jerusalem as their second most significant and enriching fount of spiritual regeneration and reinforcement.  Your Patriarchs have traditionally held more influence in universal church affairs than the relatively small number of their fold merited.

Your Beatitude, we are full of hope because we can work together ‘hand in hand’ for the good of our faithful and we have a common responsibility to witness the love of God through our fraternal love.

+ Fouad TWAL – President
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

+ Giorgio LINGUA
Apostolic Nuncio to Jordan

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

+ Michel SABBAH
Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem

+ Elias CHACOUR – Vice President
Archbishop, Greek Melkite Catholics, Akka

+ Yaser Al-AYYASH
Archbishop, Greek Melkite Catholics, Amman

+ Joseph SOUEIF
Archbishop, Maronite, Cyprus

+  Moussa EL-HAGE
Archbishop Maronites,  Haifa and the Holy Land

+ Boutros MOUALLEM
Archbishop Emeritus, Greek Melkite Catholics, Akka

+ Joseph Jules ZEREY
Patriarchal Vicar,  Greek Melkite  Catholics, Jerusalem

+ Gregoire Pierre MELKI
Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem

+ Maroun LAHHAM
Latin Patriarchal Vicar, Jordan

+ Giacinto-Boulos MARCUZZO
Latin Patriarchal Vicar, Israel

+ William SHOMALI
Latin Patriarchal Vicar, Jerusalem and Palestine

+ Kamal-Hanna BATHISH
Latin Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

+ Selim SAYEGH
Latin Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

Rt. Rev.  Joseph KELEKIAN
Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch, Jerusalem and Amman

Very Rev. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, O.F.M.
Custos of the Holy Land

Rev.  David NEUHAUS, S.J.
Patriarchal Vicar Hebrew-speaking Vicariate

Rev.  Evencio DIAZ HERRERA , O.F.M.
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Cyprus

Rev. Raymond MOUSSALLI
Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan

Rev. Pietro FELET scj

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