HOLY LAND - On March 9 and 16, 2021, the new Presbyteral Council members of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem were elected in both of the Council’s Amman and Jerusalem branches.
The members of the Amman branch are the following: Fr. Imad Twal, Fr. Rif’at Bader, Fr. Samer Madanat, Fr. Marwan Hassan, and Bishop William Shomali. The ones of the Jerusalem branch are: Fr. Jamal Khader, Fr. Hanna Salem, Fr. Elie Kurzum, Fr. Rami Asakrieh, and Fr. Bernard Poggi.
According to articles 171 and 176 of the Latin Patriarchate internal bylaws, the Presbyteral Council consists of elected and appointed priests and religious and ex officio members, according to the norm of law. According to the legal norms, the Council, representing the presbyterium, assists the patriarch in the governance of the diocese. After listening to the Council and consulting it, the Patriarch can set down methods of procedure and norms, keeping with the awareness of his obligation and the principles of Church government.