Habemus Papam!   2013/03/14
By: JJ

Communiqué: His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, with his vicars, priests, religious communities and the faithful of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem welcome the newly elected Pope Francis. As the Mother Church of Jerusalem, we are profoundly delighted with the election of the new Pastor of the Catholic Church, chosen by the cardinals in conclave, and above all by the Holy Spirit. We bless the Lord and let flow from our hearts a fervent “Deo gratias!

To our new Pope, we extend our congratulations “Alf Mabrouk,” with a pledge of our full support and assurance of our fidelity, affection and prayers.

There is depth in our communion. Holy Father, it is with gratitude and great hope that we look forward to all that you do for the Church, the world and the pastoral solicitude that you will have for our Latin Patriarchate during your Pontificate. We also hope and trust that you will continue the work for peace and justice in the Middle East, especially in the Holy Land. We express our commitment to work with you as we did with your predecessors to bring about significant progress in inter-religious dialogue in our region.

Dear Holy Father, the Holy Land awaits you. It will be an honor, a joy and our pleasure to welcome you to the land of our salvation. Welcome: “Ahlan wa sahlan!”


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