BETHLEHEM- On Monday, October 31, 2016, President Mahmoud Abbas  welcomed in his presidential palace in Bethlehem,  the Latin Patriarchate Apostolic Administrator, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa.  They had a cordial exchange on the Christian presence in Palestine.

Also present at the Presidential Palace to welcome Archbishop Pizzaballa was the Presidential Committee for Church Affairs.  The President congratulated him on his new mission as Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

Archbishop Pizzaballa, accompanied by Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem and Palestine and Father George Ayoub, Chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate,  expressed his sincere appreciation to President Abbas for the attention accorded to the pastoral and charitable activities of the Patriarchate in Palestine.

Archbishop Pizzaballa also thanked the President for his personal participation in financing the restoration of the marble Aedicule that encloses the Tomb of Christ.

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