The Christians in Palestine at the restoration of the Patriarchate 1848-1858

Father Medebielle, a very know scholar and historian in the Holy Land, give us a brief history of the Christians i at the restoration of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem between 1848-1858.

The Latin Patriarchate was re-established during the Pontificate of Pope Pius IX, and was immediately provided with its Pastor. The new appointed Patriarch Valerga took possession of his seat in January 1and immediately set to work. For the first 19 months after his arrival. would take stock of his diocese, in the process discovering that there were 4,141 Catholics.

The Latin Catholics in 1848

The Christians of the Greek Patriarchate

The sad situation of the Christians at this time

The same situation applied to all the Christians in Palestine


1. Valerga Report (1851), 20, 21
2. Ibid., 26
3. Ibid.,
4. Ibid.
5. Ibid., 19
6. Ibid., 20
7. Jean Moretain was a priest of the diocese of Lyon. Ordained June 1, 1844, he spent 8 years as an assistant priest in France before his arrival in Jerusalem, November 2 1852. 25 October 1853 he opened the mission in Beit Jala, where he built the seminary and church (blessed 18-4-1858). He founded the mission in Beit Sahour (December 20 1859), that in Salt in 1869, where he remained for 18 months. He then returned to Beit Sahour, where he built the mission, the school and chapel (blessed 2 October 1877). He retired December 1878, and died 13 May 1883. His memoirs are invaluable for the history of the first missions, particularly those of Beit Jala, Beit Sahour and Salt, and can be found in the archives of the Patriarchate.
8. Moretain: Memoirs, 271
9. Ibid., 250
10. Ibid., 259
11. Ibid., 250
12. Ibid., 252
13. Ibid., 25~S9
14. Ibid., 251
15. .Ibid., 250 15. Ibid., 250