The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land send a letter to H.E. Bishop Geroges Shihane* on his election as Bishop of the Maronite Eparchy of Cairo and Sudan.


The Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land are pleased with your election as bishop of Maronite Eparchy of Cairo and Sudan. The Holy Father and the Maronite Patriarchal Synod Fathers have recognized your pastoral zeal, your love for the Church and your closeness to the people. We share this recognition because we had the joy to know and appreciate you.

We just want to say…

“Thank you” for fifteen years among us in service of the Church in Jordan;

“Thank you” for having believed strongly in the Pastoral Plan, the result of a diocesan synod;

“Thank you” for your friendly persona and your tranquil and open character;

“Thank you” for the magnificent St. Charbel Parish Center in Amman.

We wish you to be in the Church of Egypt and Sudan and for your Eparchy a builder of peace and reconciliation, a priest at the service of unity and communion, a bishop close to his priests and faithful.

Excellency, we can only assure you of our prayers and accompany it with our friendship.


+ Fouad TWAL

Patriarca di Gerusalemme dei Latini

Presidente  A.C.O.H.L.

+ Antonio FRANCO

Apostolic Nuncio for Israel and Cyprus

Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine

+ Giorgio LINGUA

Apostolic  Nuncio for Jordan

+ Michel SABBAH

Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem


Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Akko

Vice president A.C.O.H.L.

+ Boutros MOUALLEM

Melkite Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Akko

+ Yaser Al-AYYASH

Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Petra and Philadelphia (Amman)

+ Gregoire Pierre MELKI

Syrian Catholic Exarch of Jerusalem

+ Joseph Jules ZEREY

Melkite Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem

+ Maroun LAHHAM

Latino Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan

+ Giacinto-Boulos MARCUZZO

Latino Patriarchal Vicar for Israel

+ William SHOMALI

Latino Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine

+ Kamal-Hanna BATHISH

Latin Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

+ Selim SAYEGH

Latin Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

Msgr. Joseph KELEKIAN

Armenian Catholic Exarch for Jerusalem

Fr. Pierbattista PIZZABALLA, O.F.M.

Custodian of the Holy Land

Fr. David NEUHAUS, S.J.

Patriarchal Vicar for the Vicariate Hebrew-speaking

Fr. Evencio HERRERA DIAZ, O.F.M.

Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Cyprus


Patriarch Vicar in Jordan for Chaldeans

Fr. Pietro FELET, scj

Secretary General

* Cor-Episcopa Geroges Shihane, 59 years, until now the Patriarchal Administrator of the Diocese of Haifa and the Holy Land of the Maronites (Israel) and Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem, Palestine and Jordan; appointed Bishop of Cairo (Egypt) and the Sudan; hails from the area of Jounieh; graduate in philosophy and theology at the University of the Holy Spirit in Kaslik; and ordained in 1979 for the Diocese of Jounieh. After a period in a parish, he was sent to the Catholic Institute of Paris for a diploma in catechetical ministry; meanwhile, he worked in the parish of Notre-Dame de la Compassion (17 districts). Later, from 1991 to 1997, in a parish in Lebanon and in Jordan since 1997 where he is a chaplain of the Neo-catechumenal Way.

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