Patriarch Twal hands over powers to Apostolic Administrator Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa

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Patriarch Twal hands over powers to Apostolic Administrator Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa

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The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem issued a statement on Friday, 15 July 2016, announcing the handing-over of powers by His Beatitude Fouad Twal, former Latin patriarch, to new Apostolic Administrator Archbishop-designate Pierbattista Pizzaballa. This measure is in line with a decree issued by His Holiness Pope Francis on June 24, 2016 nominating him as apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, “sede vacante", and elevating him to the dignity of archbishop, assigning to him the Titular See of Verbe.

Following is the text of the statement:

"In presence of His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal, former Latin patriarch, Archbishop-designate Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the patriarchal vicars, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, the apostolic delegate in Jerusalem, and several clergy, the Latin Patriarchate Advisory Board met at the Patriarchate on Friday, 15 July 2016. During the meeting the text of the decree of nomination, issued by His Holiness Pope Francis, was read. All necessary credentials were signed for the purpose of handing over powers by His Beatitude to the new Apostolic Administrator.
"The Latin Patriarchate, including vicars, clergy and faithful, would like to thank His Beatitude Fouad Twal and to wish the apostolic administrator full success in his new mission, offering prayers for both of them."

It is to be noted that Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa was born at Cologno al Serio (Bergamo) on April 21, 1965, son of Pietro and Maria Maddalena Tadini.

He attended Secondary School at the Minor Seminary "Le Grazie" of Rimini and obtained his diploma in classical studies at the Archiepiscopal Seminary of Ferrara in June 1984. He received the Franciscan religious habit on 5 September 1984 in Ferrara (Santo Spirito) and spent the year of novitiate at the Franciscan Shrine of La Verna (Arezzo -Italy). He made his Temporary Profession in La Verna, on September 7, 1985 and made his Solemn Profession on October 10, 1989 in the Church of St. Anthony in Bologna.

On September 15, 1990 he was ordained priest in the cathedral church of Bologna, with the imposition of hands of Cardinal Giacomo Biffi. After spending one year in Rome, he was transferred to the Holy Land, in Jerusalem, in October 1990.

On July 2, 1999 he formally entered in service to the Custody of the Holy Land after he obtained his philosophical-theological studies, a Licenciate Degree in Biblical Theology at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum of Jerusalem. He speaks Italian, modern Hebrew and English.

In 1995, he was responsible for the publication of the Roman Missal in Hebrew, and translated various liturgical texts in Hebrew for the Catholic Communities in Israel. He also covered the role of Vicar General of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem for the pastoral care of Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel. Since 2008 he served as consultor in the Commission for relations with Judaism of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Unity among Christians.

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 16:53
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