NAZARETH – During a thanksgiving Mass on Saturday, September 23, 2017, the faithful bade farewell to Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo, and welcomed their new pastor Fr. Hanna Kildani as the new Latin Patriarchal vicar for Nazareth.
The Mass, which took place in the Basilica of the Annunciation, was presided over by Fr. Hanna Kildani in the presence of H.B. Patriarch emeritus Michel Sabbah; Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate; priests from different churches and hundreds of faithful who converged from all regions of Galilee.
After spending 23 years in the service of the Christian community in Galilee, Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo begins a new chapter in the Holy City as the Latin Patriarchal vicar of Jerusalem and Palestine. “Like Jesus, who passed most of his life in Nazareth, you are moving to Jerusalem to continue your service there” Archbishop Pizzaballa said in his speech during mass.
The Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate commended Bishop Marcuzzo’s “presence and simplicity” in his long years of ministry; being present in the life of all religious communities and being an approachable person. “It was simple to approach you and you were, and still are, simple in your behavior,” said Archbishop Pizzaballa.
Carrying on his ministry for the first time outside of Jordan, Fr. Hanna Kildani on the other hand will follow in the footsteps of his uncle similarly named, Bishop Hanna Kildani, who served as Patriarchal vicar for Nazareth from 1964 until 1993.
“If I had to advise Fr. Hanna Kildani on his new ministry in Galilee, I would ask him to be patient, to listen and to observe his surroundings” Bishop Marcuzzo said in an interview with the media office of the Latin Patriarchate. “With time I’m sure he will tackle all areas of his work with proper decisions and necessary action”.
From Nazareth, the city of the Virgin Mary’s “Fiat”, “Yes”, Archbishop Pizzaballa acknowledged the support of all communities for both pastors and thanked them for their readiness “to accomplish the Will of God, like Mary of Nazareth”.