Jerusalem: Franciscan Parishes, Latin Patriarchate sign agreement

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Jerusalem: Franciscan Parishes, Latin Patriarchate sign agreement

cmc-terrasanta.org

An agreement has been signed by the Franciscan Parishes and the Latin Patriarchate 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.

Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem said, "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, he said adding that 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 went on to say, "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."

It is an important step that saw 12 parishes across the Holy Land and Cyprus being regulated. These parishes were born from the Franciscan presence in the Holy Land but, from a pastoral point of view, they are the responsibility of the local bishop.

Br Francesco Patton, Custos of the Holy Land, said: "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."

It is 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 Patton added, "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."

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 14:14
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