JERUSALEM – – On December 13th, 2022, the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (ACOHL) organized a conference for the launching of two new offices: the Safeguarding Office & the Professional Legal Office, which aim to provide support and advice to the Catholic Church in the Holy Land.

The conference, which included opening speeches by His Beatitude Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, and Mgr Adolfo Tito Yllana, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy Land, was meant to present the purpose of these offices to the religious congregations and institutes of the Holy Land. Speakers included Ms. Razan Kafiety, paralegal assistant of the Professional Legal Office, who presented the Legal Office and its purpose; Mr. Zaki Sahlia, a lawyer specialized in property, civil and commercial law, who specified the legal issues this Office would deal with; and Mrs. Natalie Baddour, Safeguarding specialist of the ACOHL, who gave an overview of the Safeguarding Office and its objectives.