Religions and human dignity

Soeur Marie Keyrouz

Religions and human dignity

By Fr. Rif’at Bader

Praise be to God for the blessing of security and stability that enables our beloved country to organize several conferences in one week. Undoubtedly, this encourages tourism, especially the tourism of conferences, which has greatly developed in our country. At a time when the Special Operations Forces Exhibition (SOFEX) conference was being held under Royal patronage, planes were touching down at Amman Airport carrying participants from several countries in the fifth colloquium between the Vatican Pontifical Council for Interfaith Dialogue and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies. Its slogan was "Religions and the dignity of life from an Islamic-Christian perspective”.

The first speaker was His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan Ben Talal, in his capacity as chairman of the board of trustees of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS). He focused on the need to work "hand-in-hand" in a positive way with the aim of promoting the humanitarian denominators that bring together people so as to interact with the challenges facing the Eastern region. Head of the Vatican or Catholic delegation Bishop Miguel Ouzo, born in Seville, Spain, who masters the Arabic language, focused on the interest expressed by the Church and by Pope Francis in the dignity of every human being, especially the refugees, the vulnerable, and the forcibly displaced.

In the final statement, both parties noted that life is God's gift to all members of the one human family; therefore, it should be protected from its start, namely from conception to its natural end. Among the most impressive recommendations is the call to effect an ethical code to be taught in schools in order to bring up a new generation that merits morality and respect for life.

Among the most outstanding events in the colloquium is the concert organized by the RIIFS for Sister Marie Keyrouz. She is a a nun who lives in France and is renowned over the past two decades for her angelic voice. as she sang hymns at the Palace of Culture in Al Hussein Sports City. She devoted her first eve in Jordan to Noble Jerusalem, and she sang for peace, love and a pure faith that "beatify" the peacemakers. In an interview conducted by en.abouna.org website, she said:"Jordan is a holy land, as is the case with Jerusalem and my country, Lebanon, which share the fact that Lord Jesus stepped on their soils. In the waters of Jordan He was baptized, and he uttered words expressing love. May this land remain holy; and we pray for Jordan and its captivating beauty so that it would remain a witness to goodness and peace.

Two days prior to the conference, the Catholic Center for Studies and Media, in cooperation with the Orthodox Club, hosted a Jordanian priest who has been in charge of the Interreligious dialogue for 25 years. He is Monsignor Khaled Akasheh, head of the Islamic Relations Office at the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue at the Vatican City. He indicated in his lecture, which was attended by a large number of people, how interesting and vital the path of dialogue is despite challenges in the way. Yet, he indicated that he favors daily dialogue, which he referred to as reflecting "Jordanian cordiality', and which added to his work a sense of credibility. His niece Hiba Emile Akasheh made an address in which she said: “We are proud of you because you are the ambassador of Christians and Muslims of the East as well as Jordan’s ambassador of love, fraternity and unity.”

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