Last updated on: 9/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“We understand that the only solution to the conflict is the recognition of the inherent and fundamental right to live in dignity for all people in the Holy Land – Israelis and Palestinians, Jews, Christians and Muslims, which supposes a two State solution. Our desire is to help faith-based people of the world to understand that the only authentic pro-Israel position, is one that is also pro-Palestine and pro-peace. And this is as well, the only authentically pro-American and pro-European stance… The silent majority of both Israelis and Palestinians want peace and support a two-state solution.”

Fouad Twal, “Patriarch Twal’s Words to London Meeting on Holy Land,” www.zenit.org, July 21, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“The Latine Patriarch of Jerusalem is one of four Catholic Patriarchs in the Eastern Catholic Church, he is head of all Catholic Churches in Israel, Palestine, Jordan and Cyprus. The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem traces its line of succession to the first bishops of Jerusalem in the 1st century AD, however the Patriarchy as a Catholic institution was established in 1099 when the western crusaders captured Jerusalem.”

Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land, “The Heads of the Local Churches of the Holy Lands,” www.crihl.org, (accessed Aug. 10, 2015)

Mission:

“Ever since the reestablishment of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem (LPJ) 1847, it has been promoting the best interests of the local communities it serves. Today, the Patriarchal Diocese oversees approximately 90,000 faithful in four countries, including the Galilee, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Cyprus, covering a rich tapestry of cultures, languages, religions and traditions. Serving all with special emphasis on the support and care of indigenous Holy Land Christians remains the enduring mission of the Mother Church, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem… Of course, the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20) makes it clear that the core mission of the Church is Word and Sacrament: ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them… teaching them.’ However, the Church also sees social justice as integral to the meaning of the Gospel and not just an implication of it.”

“Mission,” project.lpj.org, (accessed Aug. 10, 2015)

Other:
Office of the Resident Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Israeli Fence/Wall Exist?