The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land congratulates H.E. Archbishop-Elect Moussa El-Hage * on his election to the Maronite Arch-eparchial Chair of Haifa and the Holy Land, and Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem, Palestine and Jordan.
On hearing the news of your election to the Maronite Arch-eparchial Chair of Haifa and the Holy Land and Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem, Palestine and Jordan, the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, with their President, H.B. Patriarch Fouad Twal, express their great satisfaction and joy for the trust which you have been given by the Holy Father and the Patriarchal Synod.
The Holy Land is a familiar location to you. Some of us remember your stay in Jerusalem at the time of your studies at the “Studium Biblicum Franciscanum” and of the interest that even then you showed for the life of the Church in the Holy Land. We also know that the Maronite clergy esteem you. This forms a base that will allow us to work together, united and in communion, to always remain, despite everything, “faithful to Christ, co-responsible in the Church, witnesses in Society.”
We dare to hope that you will attend our next general meeting in Bethlehem on September 11 – 12.
In anticipation of welcoming you to the Holy Land, we wish you with all our heart a good spiritual preparation that will dispose you to receive the grace of the episcopate.
+ Fouad TWAL
Patriarca di Gerusalemme dei Latini
+ 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
+ Elias CHACOUR
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
Fr. Raymond MOUSSALLI
Patriarch Vicar in Jordan for Chaldeans
Fr. Pietro FELET, scj
* Father Moussa El-Hage, 58, until now superior of the convents of St. Sarkis and Bacchus of Ehden and Zghorta, appointed Archbishop of Haifa and the Holy Land of the Maronites (Israel) and Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem, Palestine and Jordan, succeeds Bishop Paul Nabil El-Sayah, 72, became Bishop of the patriarchal curia in June 2011. Originally from Antoura, near Beirut, a religious of the Antonin Maronite Order, he studied at St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and at Studium Biblicum Franciscanum of Jerusalem. He holds a PhD degree in oriental studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. He was master of novices of his Order (1993-1994) and Assistant General (1993-1999), dean of the Faculty of Biblical Sciences (1997-2000) and later the Faculty of Religious Studies, Antoniana University, before being the new assistant general of his order (2005-2011). He was also patriarchal administrator of the diocese of Lataqia (2011-2012).