On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, the following statement was released by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

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His Excellency Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, after consultation with the Bishops Council and the Consultative Council of the Latin Patriarchate, has today nominated Bishop William Shomali as Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan, succeeding Bishop Maroun Lahham who resigned from office last week.

The Latin Patriarchate again thanks  Bishop Maroun Lahham for his long service to the Church in the Holy Land, and wishes Bishop William Shomali success in his new mission, assuring him of the spiritual support of the Diocese and the full collaboration of the priests and the faithful.

(in the photo Bishop Shomali with Brother Yohanan Elihai at the Jerusalem kehilla)