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The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries in Holy Land

Since its foundation in 1992, the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries in Holy Land (ACOHL) has brought together the Bishops/Eparchs/Exarchs of the Catholic Church holding jurisdiction over the territory of the Holy Land: Jerusalem, Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus.
Catholic Ordinaries belong to:
 
  • The Latin Church,
  • The Greek Melkite Catholic Church,
  • The Maronite Church,
  • The Armenian Catholic Church,
  • The Syriac Catholic Church
  • The Chaldean Catholic Church
 
Its statutes, approved ad experimentum by Pope John Paul II on January 1992, then finally on November 2016 by the Congregation for Oriental Churches, make it an Ecclesiastical Legal Personality.
It is statutorily chaired by the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. The Vice-president is elected by the Assembly for a period of 3 years renewable.
At present, the Assembly is composed of 27 members: of which 5 residential Ordinaries, 3 Exarchs, 8 Patriarch Vicars, 8 Bishops emeriti, the Custos of the Holy Land and representatives of Religious men and women.
The Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land meets twice a year in a plenary ordinary meeting or in an extraordinary regional meeting if necessary.
The purpose of the ACOHL is to:
 
  • Deepen the communion between Catholic Churches
  • Promote coordination in pastoral work
  • Support common initiatives
  • Promote the good of religion
  • Observe ecclesiastical discipline

A Statement is published and the end of each meeting. All ACOHL statements are available here.
An integral part of the AOTCS, the Justice & Peace Commission is chaired by H.E. Msgr. Yacoub Ephrem Semaan. It aims to contribute to the Church’s reflection on the situation in the Holy Land. You can consult its work here.
 
Contact details : 
Notre Dame of Jerusalem Center
P.O.B. 20531 – 9120402
JERUSALEM
Tel (02) 628 85 54 – (02) 628 85 55
[email protected]

Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land – A.C.O.H.L.

Assemblée des Ordinaires Catholiques de Terre Sainte – A.O.C.T.S.

         

         

President:
H.B. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM
Patriarch of Jerusalem for Latins
P.O.B. 14152 / 9114101 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 628 23 23 ; Fax: (02) 627 16 52
Email: [email protected]  (Chancellor)
 
Vice-President:
H.E. Msgr. Yousef Matta
Greek Melkite Cath. Archbishop of Akka
33 Hagefen Street
P.O.B. 9450 / 3505318 Haifa
Tel. (04) 850 81 07 ; 850 81 05 ; Fax 850 81 96
Mobile: 052 337 00 94
 
Members:
H.E. Msgr. Moussa El-Hage, O.A.M.
Maronite Archbishop of Haifa and the Holy Land
68 Hatkhelet Street / P.O.B. 8154 / 3108101 Haifa
Tel: (04) 853 69 95; fax: 853 69 97
Tel & fax: (04) 852 07 18 (direct)
Mobile: 052 635 17 13
 
H.E. Msgr. Joseph Gébara
Greek Melkite Archbishop of Petra and Philadelphia
Masmour Street – Um Alsummaq
P.O.B 2435 / 11181 Amman
Tel & fax: +962 6 586 66 73; 581 57 39
 
H.E. Msgr. Selim Sfeir
Maronite Archbishop of Cyprus
10 Karaiskaki Street / P.O.B. 22249
2012 Strovolos / 1519 Nicosia
Tel: (022) 42 79 66 ; Fax: (022) 31 49 19
 
H.B. Michel Sabbah
Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem for Latins
P.O.B. 95 / 9100002 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 627 83 20 ; Fax: (02) 628 83 63
 
H.B. Fouad Twal
Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem for Latins
Our Lady of Peace Centre
P.O.B. 851379 / 11185 Amman
Tel: +962 (0)6 429 19 90/1
Fax: 429 19 92
 
H.E. Msgr. Boutros Mouallem, M.S.P.
Emeritus Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Akka
P.O.B. 120 – 1697200 Eilaboun, Israel
Tel & fax: (04) 678 04 45
Mobile: 054 555 23 18
 
H.E. Msgr. Elias Chacour
Emeritus Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Akka
P.O.B. 102 – 3001200 Ibillin
Mobile: 054 771 72 90
 
H.E. Msgr. Yaser Al-Ayyash
Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarchal Vicar
for Jerusalem
P.O.B. 14130 / 9114101 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 628 20 23 ; Fax: (02) 628 66 52
Mobile: 052 724 85 72
 
H.E. Msgr.  Joseph Jules Zerey
Emeritus Greek Melkite Catholic Patriarchal Vicar
for Jerusalem
P.O.B. 14130 / 9114101 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 628 20 23; Fax: (02) 628 66 52
 
H.E. Msgr. Yacoub Ephrem Semaan
Syro-Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem
6 Chaldean Street – Nablus Road
P.O.B. 19787 / 9119702 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 628 26 57 ; Telefax: (02) 628 42 17
Mobile: 050 294 95 11
 
Rt. Rev. Narek Louis Namo
Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem
36 Via Dolorosa, III Station (old City)
P.O.B. 19546 – 9119401 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 628 42 46; Fax: (02) 627 21 23
 
H.E.  Msgr. William H. Shomali
Auxiliary Bishop – Vicar General of the LPJ
Patriarchal Vicar for Jerusalem & Palestine
P.O.B. 14152 / 9114101 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 628 23 23 ; Fax: (02) 627 16 52
 
H.E. Msgr.  Jamal Daibes
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan
28 Princess Alia Street – Sweifieh
P.O.B. 851379 / 11185 Amman
Tel: +962 6 592 95 46/7 Fax: +962 6 592 05 48
 
H.E. Msgr. Rafic Nahra
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Israel
Street 6191/3 / 1610001 Nazareth
Tel: (04) 655 40 75; Fax: (04) 645 24 16
 
H.E. Msgr. Bruno Varriano, OFM
Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Cyprus
Holy Cross Church – Paphos Gate 1
P.O.B. 21964 / 1015 Nicosia
Tel: +375 (22) 66 21 32; Fax: 66 07 67
 
Rt. Rev. Piotr Zelazko
Patriarchal Vicar for Saint James Vicariate
Saints Simeon and Anne House
10 Harav Kook Street
P.O.B. 581 / 9100402 Jerusalem
 
H.E. Msgr. Kamal-Hanna Bathish
Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop
P.O.B. 14151 / 9114101 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 628 23 23; Fax: (02) 626 09 23
 
H.E. Msgr. Selim Sayegh
Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop
c/o Our Lady of Peace Center
P.O.B. 851379 / 11185 Amman
Tel: +962 6 429 19 90/1 Fax: + 962 6 429 19 92
 
H.E. Msgr. Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo
Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop
P.O.B. 14152 – 9114101 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 628 23 23 ; Fax: (02) 627 16 52
 
Rt. Rev. Francesco Patton, OFM
Custos of the Holy Land
1 Saint Francis Street
P.O.B. 186 / 9100101 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 626 65 61 (Personal Secretary)
 
Rt. Rev. Zaid A. Habbaba
Chaldean Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan
Jabal Al-Hussein – Deir Yaseen St. 10
Amman
Tel: +962 (06) 568 84 31
 
 
Rev. Fr. Matthew Coutinho SDB
Vicar for Migrants and Asylum Seekers in Israel,
Ratisbonne Salesian Monastery,
26 Shmuel Hanagid,P.O.B. 73369107202 JerusalemCell.  = +972 532 747714Whatsapp = +918275507464Email: [email protected]
 
Rev. Sr. Bruna Fasan,
Monastery ‘Sacri Cuori’
P.O.B. 5185 / Tarshiha (upper Galilee)
 
General Secretary:
Rev. Marcelo Gallardo, IVE
 

The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries in Holy Land