Tuesday, 24 November, 2020

His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa was named the New Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem by Pope Francis.

Pierbattista Pizzaballa

Vatican City (October 28, 2020, Gaudium PressOn the morning of Wednesday 28th, Pope Francis imposed the pallium to His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the new Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. The ceremony took place at St. Martha chapel, the residence of the Pontiff.

On June 24, 2016, he had been named Titular Archbishop of Verbe and Apostolic Administrator by the Holy Father. The Patriarchal Diocese of Jerusalem of the Latins Seat had been vacant since the resignation of the Patriarch Fouad Twal in 2016.

Brief biography of Pierbattista Pizzaballa

Born on April 21, 1965 in Cologno al Serio, Province of Bergamo, Italy, Pierbattista Pizzaballa entered the Minor Seminary of the Franciscan Province of Christ King Bologna in 1976. On September 5, 1984 he began his novitiate in the convent of La Verna.

On October 7, 1990 he arrived at the Custody of the Holy Land. In 1993 he finished his studies at the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum in Jerusalem. He became a professor of Biblical Hebrew at the Franciscan Faculty of Biblical and Archaeological Sciences in Jerusalem.

On July 2, 1999, he began his service in the Custody of the Holy Land. On May 9, 2001, he was named Guardian of the Convent of Sts. Simeon and Anne in Jerusalem. Involved in the Jewish-speaking Catholic faithful’s pastoral care, he was appointed Vicar Patriarch from 2005 until 2008.

In May 2004, he was elected Custos of the Holy Land and Guardian of Mount Sion by the General Definitory of the Order of Friars Minor, a position he held until April 2016. (EPC)

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