Fouad Twal

Fouad Boutros Twal Ibrahim (Arabic فؤاد طوال Fu'ad Tuwal, DMG Fu ʾ AD Tuwal; born October 23, 1940 in Madaba, Jordan ) is Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. He is since 2008 the Grand Prior of the Order of the Holy grave in Jerusalem.


Fouad Twal was born as the fifth of nine children and joined in 1959 the seminary in Beit Jala. He received on 29 June 1966, the ordination. After five years of pastoral activity in Palestine and Jordan, he studied from 1972 at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome church law and international law, and then two years at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy. In 1976 he received his doctorate with a dissertation on the canonical traditional Bedouin law.

Twal entered 1977 in the diplomatic service of the Holy See and in 1978 became Chargé d'affaires and Head of the Apostolic Nunciature in Honduras. From 1982 to 1985 he was responsible for political affairs of the Vatican Secretariat of State for 19 French- speaking African countries in the Council. In 1985 he took over the management of the Nunciature in Cairo in Egypt; In 1988 he moved to Bonn in Germany, 1990 to Lima, Peru.

He was appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Prelate of Tunis in 1992. He received his episcopal consecration Patriarch Michel Sabbah on 22 July 1992; Archbishop Edmond Farhat were co-consecrators Y. and Curia Archbishop Francesco Monte Risi. On 31 May 1995 Twal was the collection of Territorialprälatur Tunis to the diocese its first diocesan bishop and as such received the title of Archbishop ad personam. In 2003 he was elected President of the North African Bishops Conference CERNA.

8 September 2005 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him. coadjutor of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, with the right of succession. Successor Twals in Tunis became Bishop Maroun Lahham. On 21 June 2008 he was accepting the resignation of his predecessor by the pope to Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. He received on 29 June 2008, the pallium; official Salutation is " His Beatitude ".

Fouad Twal since 2007 Member of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, since 2009 he is member of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. He has both the chair of the " Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land," as also held the " Conference of Latin Bishops in the Arab Regions " ( CELRA ).

He was 2006-2009 president of the Catholic University of Bethlehem.


  • Congregation for the Oriental Churches (since 2009; confirmed 2014)
  • Pontifical Council for the Family ( since 2009)

Honors and Awards

  • Mediterranean Award for Interreligious Dialogue ( 2010)
  • Honorary doctorate from the Theological Faculty of Paderborn ( 2011)
  • Grand Cross of the Star of Italy by Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy ( 2012)