The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land Plenary Session on March 12-13, 2013.



March 11, 2013  Possibility of lodgings at Saint Maroun Guesthouse – give advance notice.

March 12, 2013

9.00      Liturgy of the Hours (Third) – A brief meditation (Archbishop El Hage)

9.15      Welcome Address – His Beatitude Fouad Twal, ACOHL President

–    Approval of Minutes of previous meeting

–    Round Table discussions: news, issues, challenges, short and long term visions of our dioceses, eparchies, vicariates and exarchates

10.30      Coffee Break

11.00      Round Table Discussions continued

12.30      Lunch

15.30      “The Episcopal Commission for the Family” (Bishop Maroun Lahham)

–   World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro (Bishop Shomali Shomali)

–   Proposed subject for the next Synod of Bishops 2015 (H.B. Patriarch Fouad Twal)

–   Caritas MONA (Middle East and North Africa) Forum in Amman (Fr. Raed Abusahliah)

17.45     Year of Faith: Jubilee for Priests, for consecrated and seminarians along with the

presence of 14 Polish bishops (Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz will be in Rome)

–    Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarchate Cathedral – Vespers presided over by His Beatitude, the Patriarch

–    Meditation on “The faith of the priest and consecrated”

–    Profession of faith, choir

–    Prayer for the election of the pope song Veni Creator Spiritus

March 13, 2013

9.00 Liturgy of the Hours (Third) – A brief meditation (Archbishop Moussa El-Hage)

– First lecture of the text on specific legal issues

– The problem of Cremisan; outcome of the trial (Fr. Emile Salaytah)

– Committee of Experts for legal advice (Fr. Emile Salaytah and Fr. Elias Daw)

10.30      Coffee Break

11.00      New bilateral agreements: the Holy See – Israel / Holy See – State of Palestine

(Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto)

11.45      Meeting with Dr. Etienne Lepicard, a member of the National Council of Bioethics

12.30      Lunch

15.30      Meeting of the Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon Middle East (Rev. Dr. Rafiq Khoury)

–    Appointment of the Episcopal Committee for Religious

–    The Year of Faith in Catholic Schools – Religious Education Program for the Tawjihi (Sr. Virginie Habib)

–    First Reactions to the unification of Easter

–    Dates to remember

–    Symposium on the Family: Amman / Korazim?? 28-30 June 2013

–    Inter-rite spiritual retreat: Korazim July 1-5, 2013

–    Plenary meeting of ACOHL: Amman, September 24-25, 2013 (?)

–    The mandate of the Secretary-General expires in September 2013.

18.00      Concluding Vespers

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