P. Hanna Kaldani, Patriarchal vicar of Galilee

From April 29, 1993 to June 14, 2017 Mgr Marcuzzo has been in charge of the area of ​​Galilee, as titular Bishop of Emmaus and patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem for the Latins in Israel.

A learned person with a broad general culture, in the years 1977-1980 studied dogmatic theology at the Pontifical Lateran University and Spiritual theology at the Teresianum in Rome. He speaks easily Arabic, French, English, German and Italian his mother language.

After obtaining his doctorate, Mgr. Marcuzzo held the position of professor at the Major Seminary in Beit Jala, and he was for a time the rector. He also taught Patrology and Christian Arabic literature at the University of Bethlehem.

Always attentive to the needs of the local Church, following his episcopal motto: [«For Christ is our peace: he has made one of the two peoples, by breaking down the wall of enmity that separated us» (Eph 2,14 )] … has worked diligently for the reconciliation and peace of the inhabitants of this country.

On June 14, 2017, he was named patriarchal vicar for Palestine, residing in Jerusalem, while Father Hanna Kaldani becomes the patriarchal vicar of Galilee, residing in Nazareth.

Fr. Hanna Kaldani was born in Karak on 22-01-1955 to a family originating from Madaba. He joined the Seminary of Beit Jala.  He obtained the bachelor degree in philosophy from the Beit Jala Seminary, the bachelor degree in history from the Beirut Arab University and later a bachelor degree in theology from Seminary in Beit Jala. In 1987, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in history from St. Joseph University in Lebanon and his Ph. D. thesis was with the tesis: «Modern Christianity in Jordan and Palestine» in Arabic.

From 2002 to 2007 he was a Consultant for the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and in 2010 participated as an expert in the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops.

Mons Marcuzzo go to Jerusalem to replace Bishop William Shomali who has moved to Amman as Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan, replacing Mons Maroun Lahham, who quit work in February.

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem is one of the most complex dioceses to govern in the world, being the only one to be divided into four states: Israel, Palestine, Cyprus and Jordan, with contexts of great economical, interreligious, political and social diversity.

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