On Saturday 22nd October/4th November 2017, the Most Reverend Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity visited the Patriarchate.

The Most Reverend Cardinal with his escort Rev. Norbert Hofmann and the Apostolic Delegate, Emissary of the Holy See in Jerusalem Fr. Mark, were received by H.H.B. our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos.

In this visit there was a discussion on the His Beatitude’s recent visit to the Vatican and Pope Francis, where He also met Cardinal Koch and His visit in England, where He met with the Most Reverend Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and with members of the British Houses of Parliament, regarding the quite serious matter of the Patriarchate and all the Christian Churches of the Holy Land.

His Eminence the Cardinal listened attentively to His Beatitude’s briefing and informed Him on the forthcoming relevant honourable distinction of His by the University Ben Gurion of Negev for the prize Ladislaus Laszt on Religious and Social tolerance and Understanding on Monday 6th November 2047.

His Beatitude congratulated the Cardinal on this occasion and thanked him for the understanding that He received in His recent visit to the Vatican.

From Secretariat-General