In a ceremony full of colour and pageantry, Monsignor Giacomo Giuseppe Beltritti was invested as the new Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem yesterday (Tuesday).
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Background: In a ceremony full of colour and pageantry, Monsignor Giacomo Giuseppe Beltritti was invested as the new Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem yesterday (Tuesday). He thus becomes the highest ranking Roman Catholic prelate in the Holy Land.
The investiture was preceded by a procession through the winding alleyways of Jerusalem's old walled city.
Schoolchildren and scouts led the procession, during which Monsignor Beltritti was accompanied by his bishops, and by representatives of other churches and of the diplomatic corps.
The investiture, the first to be held in Jerusalem since 1949, was brought about by the death two weeks ago of the previous patriarch, Monsignor Alberto Gori.
The procession wound its way to the historic Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where about 2,000 people watched the investiture ceremony.
The new patriarch's see includes Cyprus and Jordan -- and the Latin Bishop of Amman with 30 of his clergy took part in the ceremonies.