Franciscan Parishes: the agreement with the Latin Patriarchate has been signed

Posted on Jul 19, 2019

An important step that saw 12 parishes across Israel, Palestine and Cyprus being regulated. These parishes were born from the Franciscan presence in the Holy Land but, from a pastoral point of view, are the responsibility of the local Bishop.

HE Mgr PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA, ofm Apostolic Administrator Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem “Our journey together started at least 170 years ago, when the Latin Patriarchate was recomposed, and this is an act of mutual trust.”

On a journey together for the benefit of the local Christian population of the Holy Land. This is one of the reasons that pushed the Custody of the Holy Land and the Latin Patriarchate to sign the first agreement for the entrustment of parishes that are under the care of the Franciscans.

HE Mgr PIERBATTISTA PIZZABALLA, ofm Apostolic Administrator Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem “It doesn’t really change anything. It is simply a matter of confirming what for centuries has been a reality in the life of this church: some parishes, important parishes, almost all those linked to the holy places have been entrusted from ancient times, from the beginning, from the foundation to the present day, to the Custody of the Holy Land. We wanted to formally confirm, as provided for by canon law, what is a reality that has always been part of the life of the Church.”

An important step that saw 12 parishes across Israel, Palestine and Cyprus being regulated. These parishes were born from the Franciscan presence in the Holy Land but, from a pastoral point of view, are the responsibility of the local Bishop.

Br FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm Custos of the Holy Land “It is good at some point to regulate mutual relationships. We know that life nowadays is much more complex than it was in the past, even from a pastoral point of view, which is why it is right that there is also that form of transparency.”

An agreement with a fundamental aim: to regulate the competences, especially for those sanctuaries of historical importance, where, alongside the management and accessibility to pilgrims, there is also the task of pastoral service.

Br FRANCESCO PATTON, ofm Custos of the Holy Land “Because the clearer the internal responsibilities are, the more we can work profitably for the good of the people, the local faithful and the millions of pilgrims who arrive.”