Vatican City - On 19 April 2018 Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, appointed Mgr. Mounir Saccal, of the Syro-Catholic eparchy of Aleppo as National Director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Syria for five years .
The new National Director was born in Aleppo on 25 February 1957 and was ordained a priest in 1984. He received his Masters in Philosophy in 1980 and a Licentiate in Theology in 1984. In 1982 he founded a scout movement and was chaplain of various ecclesial movements. In 1990 he founded the Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Assumption . He was Secretary of the Catholic Episcopal Conference in Aleppo for 12 years; Secretary of the Assembly of the Catholic hierarchy in Syria for 8 years; chaplain of the Equipe Notre Dame for 18 years; lawyer for the legal Court of second instance for 25 years. He founded and directed the Center for in-depth Theological Studies for 10 years. Since 2015 he has been President of the inter-ritual Catholic Court of first instance and Vicar General since 2016. >>