Recent Changes in Leadership Positions at the Latin Patriarchate
On February 4, 2017 Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem announced the Holy Father, Pope Francis, had accepted the resignation of His Excellency Msgr. Maroun Lahham, Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese and Patriarchal Vicar of Jordan. Bishop Maroun Lahham was ordained in June 24,1972 and served as Rector at the Latin Seminary in Beit Jala from 1994 until his appointment as Bishop of Tunis on September 8, 2005.
Bishop William Shomali has been Nominated as Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan
H.E. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, after consultation with the Bishops Council and the Consultative Council of the Latin Patriarchate, has nominated Bishop William Shomali as Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan, succeeding Bishop Maroun Lahham who resigned from office last week.
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem thanks Bishop Maroun Lahham for his long service to the Church in the Holy Land and wishes Bishop William Shomali success in his new mission and assuring him spiritual support of the Diocese and full collaboration of the clergy and faithful.
Bishop Shomali was born in Beit Shour (Palestine) and received his ordination to the priesthood on June 24, 1972. After serving in parishes in Jordan Father Shomali studied in Rome. In 1998 he became General Administrator and Economist for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
On March 31, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI appointed William Shomali as Auxiliary Bishop and Patriarchal Vicar for Israel.
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