Fouad Twal

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His Beatitude
  • Fouad Twal
  • البطريرك فؤاد طوال
Archbishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins
Archdiocese Jerusalem
Province Jerusalem
See Jerusalem
Appointed 8 September 2005 (Coadjutor)
Installed 22 June 2008
Predecessor Michel Sabbah
Other posts
Ordination 29 June 1966
Consecration 22 July 1992
by Michel Sabbah
Personal details
Born (1940-10-23) 23 October 1940 (age 75)
Madaba, Jordan
Denomination Roman Catholic
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Motto Paratum cor meum
My heart is ready
(Psalm 107)
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Spoken style Your Beatitude
Religious style Monsignor
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Fouad Twal (Arabic: البطريرك فؤاد طوال‎‎) (born 23 October 1940 in Madaba, Jordan[1]) is the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem since June 2008. He is also the Grand Prior of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and serves as the President for the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land.


He was ordained to the priesthood on 29 June 1966.[1] After his ordination he was the vicar of Ramallah. In 1972 he entered the Pontifical Lateran University where he studied for a doctorate in canon law. He was awarded his doctorate in 1975.[2] He was appointed the prelate of the territorial prelature of Tunis by Pope John Paul II on 30 May 1992. He was consecrated to the episcopate on 22 July later that year with principal consecrator Patriarch Michel Sabbah.[1] On 31 May 1995, the territorial prelature was elevated to become the Diocese of Tunis,[3] and Twal was made an archbishop ad personam. In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI named him the coadjutor archbishop of Jerusalem. He succeeded Michel Sabbah as the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem on 21 June 2008[1] and enthroned at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem on 22 June.[4]

On 29 June 2008, Fouad Twal received the pallium at the hands of Pope Benedict XVI at a Mass in the Basilica of Saint Peter.[2]

In 2008, he explained his understanding of the situation of Israel and the Palestinian Territories and their people: "We receive a lot of help and we are grateful but at the same time we say we need more. What we need is peace. We don’t only want to be a begging Church, we don't want to be beggars with a licence. I don't like this. We need a political horizon, it's time to put an end to the Wall, the Checkpoints, it's time for a Palestinian State, it's time for an end to our problems with visas."[4]

On 19 February 2014 he was appointed a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d Cheney, David M. "Patriarch Fouad Twal". Bishops. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Government of the Order". The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in Ireland. Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Lieutenancy of Ireland. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Cheney, David M. "Archdiocese of Tunis". All Dioceses. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Pope Names Arch. Fouad Twal Patriarch of Jerusalem". Vatican Radio. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ "His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal". The Catholic Church of the Holy Land. Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Michel Callens
Prelate of Tunis
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bishop of Tunis
Succeeded by
Maroun Elias Nimeh Lahham
Preceded by
Michel Sabbah
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
2008 – present
Succeeded by