» 12/30/2015, 00.00
HOLY LAND – SYRIA
Custos of the Holy Land: No contact about Fr Aziz, a Franciscan abducted just before Christmas
Uncertain whether “he is still alive,” Fr Pizzaballa tells AsiaNews that he does not know who is behind the abduction. The clergyman went missing in an area “of heavy fighting,” where “Many groups are active” on their own, so “it is difficult to understand who did it”. Forgiveness and mercy are needed to save the region from a “spiral of hatred, resentment, and revenge”.
20/05/2016 19:33:00 HOLY LAND
New Custos of the Holy Land’s challenge is to maintain dialogue
Br Francesco Patton, of the Diocese of Trento, replaces Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, grateful for the latter’s 12 years of outstanding service. The new Custos welcomed the appointment "with trepidation” and “confidence." He plans to remain "a man of dialogue" and take care "of the friars and their life".
17/12/2007 HOLY LAND
Joint Israeli-Vatican commission makes no real progress
Commission member Monsignor Vegliò and Custodian of the Holy Land Father Pizzaballa share this view. Both discuss the situation of Christians in the Holy Land, stressing the different situations they live depending on whether they live in Israel or the Palestinian Territories. Father Lombardi reiterates that “conditions for a papal visit [. . .] are not yet in place.”
15/10/2014 SYRIA - HOLY LAND
Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo is optimistic about Fr Hanna, who continues his mission among Syrian Christians
Mgr Georges Abou Khazen is in contact with the Franciscan friar who was kidnapped and released in the north of the country. The latter is free to visit his community but "cannot leave Syria" before meeting with local Muslim leader. The reasons for his abduction and for the meeting remain a mystery. For moderate Muslims, Christians "are a source of dialogue and reconciliation in an absurd war."
06/07/2015 SYRIA – HOLY LAND
For the Custody of the Holy Land, Nusra Front might be holding priest seized in Syria
Fr Dhiya Azziz, a Franciscan born in Mosul, Iraq, is missing. No contacts have been possible with him since last Saturday. According to the Custody, “Some militants of an unknown armed brigade, perhaps connected with Jabhat al-Nusra,” took him. His name now goes on the list of missing clergymen, including two bishops and Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio.
24/06/2016 13:47:00 ISRAEL-PALESTINE-HOLY LAND
Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
On the same day, the Holy See accepts the resignation of Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch, and appoints the former custodian of the Holy Land as apostolic administrator of the patriarchate. Facing new challenges, addressing the geopolitical and socio-religious changes taking place in the Middle East.
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