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Fouad Twal

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  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1940
  • Age: 75
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Fouad Twal (born 23 October 1940 at Madaba, Jordan) is the Roman Catholic archbishop and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem since June 2008.

He was ordained to the priesthood on 29 June 1966. 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. 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. In 1995, the territorial prelature was elevated to become the Diocese of Tunis, 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 in 2008.

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.

In 2008, he explained his understanding of the situation of Palestine and its 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 visa's." On 7 March 2009 Pope Benedict appointed Patriach Twal as a member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.


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