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(from ONE September 2017)

New Directions in Jerusalem
Posted: 18 Sep 2017

Sami El-Yousef, CNEWA’s regional director for Palestine and Israel since September 2009, has accepted an offer to assist Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in the financial administration and management of the patriarchate — the first layman to function in this capacity. The move took effect on 1 September.

“Although this move represents a loss to be sure,” wrote CNEWA’s president, Msgr. John Kozar, in a letter to donors and partners, “it also reflects the esteem that Archbishop Pizzaballa gives to Sami and to CNEWA-Pontifical Mission in asking for his assistance.

“We are honored that Sami has answered this call to serve the Church of Jerusalem. He has always distinguished himself by his keen intellect, his very open heart to others and his strong leadership abilities. This leadership has gone far beyond our office and has been very well recognized by many church leaders and dedicated Christians in this very challenging part of the world.”

We wish Sami well in his new endeavor — ma’bruk!