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Most Rev. Fouad Twal


23 October 1940

born in Madaba, Jordan

October 1959

he entered the patriarchal seminary at Beit Jala

June 29th 1966

ordained a priest

August 1966

became the deputy Parish Priest of Ramallah

January 1967 

Parish Priest of Irbid

June 1968

Parish Priest of Mahatta

September 1972

began his studies in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of the Lateran in Rome and in 1974 was admitted to the the Ecclesiastical Pontifical Academy.
1975 - received the licentiate in canon law.

From 1977 to 1992 he carried out diplomatic service in the apostolic nunciatures of Honduras, Germany and Peru, and in the Council for Political Affairs of the State Secretariat.

May 30th 1992

named bishop of Tunis


was promoted to archbishop. He was also the president of the regional bishops´ conference of North Africa

September 2005

appointed Coadjutor Archbishop for the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

March 14th 2006

appointed President of Bethlehem University

January 29th 2007

appointed Member of the Pontifical Council for Inter - Religious Dialogue



New Patriarch to be installed

As His Beatitude Patriarch Michel Sabbah retires, His Excellency Archbishop Coadjutor Fouad Twal

will be installed as the new Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Below, please find the program of the main installation ceremonies:


Saturday, June 21st

at 4:00 p.m., Thanksgiving mass at Gethsemani Basilica, Jerusalem, and reception by outgoing Patriarch His Beatitude Michel Sabbah

Sunday, June 22nd,

at 2:30 p.m., Enthronization of the new Patriarch, H.B. Patriarch Fouad Twal, at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem

Monday, June 23rd,

at 10:00 a.m., First Pontifical Mass of H.B. Patriarch Fouad Twal at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem

Wednesday, June 25th,

at 5:00 p.m., Solemn Entry to the Nativity Basilica, Bethlehem

Sunday, July 6th,

at 11:00 a.m.  first Mass For the New Patriarch Fouad TWAL at St. Saviour's Latin Parish Church in Jerusalem.