Thursday, February 09, 2006

First Israeli-Arab bishop

Very cool.

Palestinian Melkite becomes first Israeli citizen named a bishop

Jerusalem, Feb. 09 ( - The Melkite Catholic Synod has named Father Elias Chacour, an Israeli Palestinian, to be the next Archbishop of Galilee.

Archbishop-elect Chacour, who currently heads an Arabic university in Ibillin, a town in Gailliee, is the first Israeli citizen ever to be selected as a Catholic bishop.

Known for his efforts to promote friendship between Arabs and Jews, the new archbishop has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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