altIt was on January 6, 1988, at St. Peter’s  Basilica in Rome that now Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah was ordained Bishop by Pope John Paul II.  Twenty five years later, Pope Benedict XVI sends his apostolic blessing to Patriarch Sabbah as he celebrated the silver jubilee of his Episcopal ordination on Sunday, January 6, 2013.

Along with the Holy Father’s wishes, His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Auxiliary Bishops, Vicars, clergy, men and women religious and the lay faithful of the Latin Patriarchate send best wishes and congratulations to Patriarch Sabbah on this special occasion.



To His Beatitude, Michel Sabbah

Latin Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem

in celebration of the Silver Jubilee of his Episcopal Ordination,

we convey our congratulations,

for his great zeal exercised with wisdom,

for upholding the spiritual good of the faithful entrusted to his care,

for his valuable work for peace and reconciliation in our beloved Holy Land

and his dedication and collaboration with various Councils of the Holy See.

With heartfelt wishes, I bestow our Apostolic Blessing.

 Given in the Vatican on December 17, 2012.

 +Benedict XVI