The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Pizzaballa, will be promoted to cardinal by the Pope on the 30th. He will meet with the media before going to Rome. The patriarch, who had just returned to Jerusalem from Syria, spoke of the suffering of Syrians devastated by war and earthquakes.
(Vatican News) Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Pizzaballa will be elevated to cardinal by Pope Francis at a privy council meeting on September 30. Before leaving for Rome, he held a press conference at the Latin Patriarchate’s Palace on the 21st.
In his speech, Cardinal-designate Patriarch Pizzaballa particularly emphasized the significance of his appointment for the Christian community of the Mother Church. “I was surprised by my appointment as cardinal, but even more surprised by the enthusiastic response of the entire community”.
Patriarch Pizzaballa also mentioned other issues in his speech. He recently returned from Syria. At the press conference, he specifically talked about the suffering of the Syrian people, saying that they were exhausted by the war and earthquakes. The ceremony to promote the new cardinal will be held in St. Peter’s Square on the 30th. It is expected that some leaders of the Palestinian and Israeli authorities will attend the ceremony.
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