Looking back on 2020: New Latin Patriarch, COVID-19, Ordinations and more

By: Media Office/ lpj.org - Published: December 31 Thu, 2020

HOLY LAND - Please find below a list of the most read articles and posts that appeared on the website of the Latin Patriarchate throughout the year 2020. The list covers recurring topics like COVID-19, the appointment of a new Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Beirut explosion, Ordinations and more.

New Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

After four years of being Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa was appointed Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem by Pope Francis on October 24, 2020.

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa appointed Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa sends greetings to Jerusalem Diocese

Pope Francis bestows pallium on newly-appointed Latin Patriarch Pierbattista

Latin Patriarchate welcomes its new Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa

Patriarch Pizzaballa takes possession of See of Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Interview with Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa: Open questions and future perspectives

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa entrusts his new mission to contemplative orders

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa solemnly enters Holy Sepulchre

Finding solace in the Nativity and the Holy Family during COVID-19 Christmas


The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the rhythm of life of everyone around the world, including Church life.

Coronavirus: Palestinian Ministry of Health imposes quarantine measures on holy sites in Bethlehem

Latin Patriarchate: new guidelines following declaration to close holy sites in Bethlehem Governorate and Jericho

“O Bethlehem! You became a ghost town” 

Archbishop Pizzaballa: “We must not approach the Eucharist as a magic element. The union with Christ does not cancel our humanity” 

In time of Coronavirus: reflections of Sami El-Yousef, CEO of LPJ, from the Holy Land

Coronavirus: latest updates from Jerusalem

Gaza and COVID-19: How do Christians live during Holy Week?

Palm Sunday in time of Coronavirus: Latin Patriarchate adapts to health restrictions

Order of Holy Sepulchre launches support fund for families and Latin Patriarchate Schools in Holy Land 

Novel Coronavirus outbreak: Latin Patriarchate issues precautionary guidelines during celebration of Masses

Patriarchs and Heads of Churches urge communities to adhere to Coronvirus precautions 

Coronavirus in Cyprus: Patriarchal Vicariate issues protective measures in Latin Churches

Coronavirus in Israel: Latin Patriarchate urges to limit large gatherings 

Latin Patriarchate extends new Coronavirus precautions to whole territory of Palestine 

Statement of Greek Orthodox, Latin and Armenian communities after closing of Holy Sepluchre

Reopening guidelines of places of worship in Jerusalem Diocese

Reopening of the Nativity Church

Taybeh Christian community come together for the benefit of elderly during lockdown 

At Vicariate St. James, St. Rachel Center emerges from confinement test strengthened

Church of Holy Sepulchre reopens to faithful under safety guidelines

Covid-19: Diocese of Jerusalem launches appeal for Latin Patriarchate Schools students

Jordan: Prayers resume in churches amid precautionary measures 

Pope Francis donates needed Covid-19 test kits to Gaza Strip 

COVID-19: Palestinian tourism sector and economy can be salvaged only through official subsidies

Going back to school amid spike of COVID-19 cases

Social Service Department of Latin Patriarchate accompanies individuals through COVID-19 pandemic

Jordan: Our Lady of Peace Center continues to provide services despite COVID-19 implications 

Holy Family Parish: solidarity in battling COVID-19 in Gaza 

Christmas 2020: Statement from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Ordinations, professions and jubilees 

Diocese of Jerusalem celebrates 30 ordinations this year

16 Franciscan friars profess vows in Jerusalem

Two Latin Patriarchal Seminarians invested to the Soutane in Jerusalem 

Deacon Wajdi Twal ordained Latin Patriarchate priest in Jordan  

Poor Clares of Jerusalem celebrate Solemn Profession of Sr. Guadalupe de Dios 

Rosary Sisters in Palestine and Jordan profess their vows

Two Carmelite Sisters celebrate Golden and Silver Jubilees in Haifa

Al Wahadneh: Feast of Prophet Elijah, Fr. Bader's silver jubilee celebrated

Jifna parish celebrates golden jubilee of priestly ordination of Fr. Elias Michel Odeh 

Ein Arik Parish celebrates Jubilees of the Halaweh family

Beirut explosion

Holy Land Church prays for Lebanon and expresses solidarity with its citizens 

Diocese of Jerusalem calls upon the faithful to pray for Lebanese people 

Youth of Jesus’ Homeland launches rosary initiative for blast-stricken Lebanon

Patriarchs and Heads of Churches of Jerusalem express compassion and solidarity with Lebanese people 

Apostolic Vicar of Beirut thanks Jerusalem Diocese for support of Lebanese people after Beirut blast

Politics and society

Latin Patriarchate condemns Israeli settlers’ violations of its property in Tayasir

Patriarchs and Heads of Jerusalem Churches weigh in on "Deal of Century" plan

Justice and Peace Commission: Being a Christian Palestinian in Jerusalem in 2020 

Holy Land: Heads of Churches voice concern about Israel's planned annexation of West Bank land

Reconverting Hagia Sophia into a mosque: reactions from the Holy Land 

Archbishop Pizzaballa: "Dialogue is not simply a word! Dialogue is something that must be practiced"

Catholic Ordinaries demand investigation into arson attack at Gethsemane church 

 Gethsemane in prayer: Mass in reparation of arson attack


Baptism Site: Faithful converge from East and West to meet in the river 

Carmelite Mother Antoinette celebrates her 100th birthday in Nazareth

Emmanuel Macron, on visit to Jerusalem, announces creation of fund for Christian schools in Middle East

Record of Pilgrims in the Holy Land in 2019

Celebration of 160th anniversary of Beit Sahour Parish creation

Interview with Fr. Mario Cornioli, a "Fidei Donum" priest in service of the Holy Land

Basilica of Holy Sepulcher: floor mapping has started in preparation for restoration 

Churches of Jerusalem unite prayers for Christian Unity week

25th Anniversary of the Catechetical Office in Jerusalem

Palestine: 95% of Latin Patriarchate schools’ students pass their Tawjihi exams

Pizzaballa in Bari: "The way of the cross is proper to the experience of Churches of the Mediterranean" 

Why is the Church of Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem called a “Co”-Cathedral? 

Bishop Boulos Marcuzzo: “I walk by the Spirit” in my service

The old port of Limassol hosts the “The Latins of Cyprus” exhibition

Religious Family of Incarnate Word celebrates 25th anniversary of apostolic work in Holy Land

Holy Land: Reflections of Mr. Sami El-Yousef, CEO of Latin Patriarchate

Centenary of consecration of Palestine to Virgin Mary

Christmas reflections of Mr. Sami El-Yousef from the Holy Land