Tuesday, February 05, 2008

False rumor about the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

A false rumor concerning His Beatitude Michel Sabbah, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, is circulating at the moment. According to it, His Beatitude visited Africa: Congo, Rwanda, etc. He was hospitalized following an accident, and is asking for urgent financial support to cover the costs of medical care. All of this information is false. His Beatitude is in Jerusalem and is doing very well, thanks be to God. Please ignore these rumors.

Fr. Humam Khzouz
Chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate
of Jerusalem

Monday, February 04, 2008

Brother Martin Gocke, OSB

I have received word that my confrere, Brother Martin, passed away at 9:45 a.m., Sunday. He professed his vows as monk of our monastery on May 1, 1947. He was an interesting man. For many years he worked in the Abbey kitchen. He was a simple monk who has gone to his reward. May God bless and receive him as a faithful servant.