Appointment of two new bishops for the diocese of Jerusalem

By: lpj.org - Published: March 11 Fri, 2022

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The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem is grateful to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for the appointment of Fr. Jamal Daibes and Fr. Rafic Nahra as Auxiliary Bishops.

The date and place of their Episcopal Consecrations will be communicated soon. Please keep the Bishops elect in your prayers.


Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her (Is. 66,10)

Dearest brothers and sisters,

     may the Lord give you peace!

With gratitude and joy I announce to you that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, has designated Fr. Jamal Deibes and Fr. Rafic Nahra as Auxiliary Bishops for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Strengthened by the fullness of priestly ministry both Bishops-elect will continue their respective missions as Patriarchal Vicar for the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and Patriarchal Vicar for Israel.

Fr Jamal and Fr Rafic, both born and raised here in the East, have exercised priestly ministry for many years and have now been called from the very bosom of the Mother Church to be Successors of the Apostles with the mandate to teach, govern and sanctify the People of God.

Dear brothers and sisters, earthly Jerusalem and heavenly Jerusalem join in prayer and celebration for these brothers of ours who have been elevated to episcopal dignity. In the name of the entire Latin Patriarchate, I wish the Bishops-elect every success and through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Palestine, I invoke upon them the blessing of Almighty God. Given in our Patriarchate on 11 March 2022, the Memorial of Saint Sophronius.

                                                                                           † Pierbattista Pizzaballa

          Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem