Cardinal al-Rahi’s three blessed days in Jordan

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Cardinal al-Rahi’s three blessed days in Jordan

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader

We have been honored by the visit undertaken by Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Bechara Boutros al-Rahi to Jordan. During his stay, he visited several sites, namely the historical Cathedral of Umm el-Jimal, the Baptism Site of Lord Jesus Christ, and Our Lady of the Mount in Anjara. He also paid pastoral visits to heads of the Churches in the Kingdom, to the Maronite community at St. Charbel Church, in addition to meetings with Prime Minister Dr. Omar Razzaz, and Their Royal Highnesses Princes Hassan Ben Talal and Prince Ghazi Ben Mohammad.

As his beatitude ended his spiritual religious activities over three blessed days in Jordan, we hope that this visit will contribute to the spiritual revival of our dear believers who accompanied him with prayers and participated with him in these spiritual celebrations. Furthermore, we hope that his visit will contribute to the promotion of religious tourism to our beloved country. The friendship between the two peoples, between the two churches, and between the Lebanese and Jordanian states is profound and deeply rooted. We are sure that the visit paid by Cardinal Bechara al-Rahi has definitely cemented the cultural cohesion between Muslims and Christians in the country of Baptism, Jordan.

Your Beatitude Cardinal al-Rahi: You have been mostly welcomed by the Jordanian government, particularly by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. We convey greeting to Minister of Tourism Lina Annab and thank her for the efforts she exerted to highlight Jordan's civilized image as well as to encourage friends and brethren to visit Jordan. Consequently, we hope that the religious sites would be further uplifted to become more attractive to our dear believers. We greet you, alongside the patriarchs of the Levant, as in your latest pastoral letter, "The fears and hopes of the Christians of the Levant", indicate that the suffering is rampant and that it is not confined only to the Christians but to all the inhabitants of this region, and indeed to the world at large due to violence, tyranny and terrorism.

Your Beatitude Cardinal al-Rahi: We have prayed with you so that the Lord would protect dear Jordan under its wise Hashemite leadership, as well as to protect dear Lebanon with its state, people, Churches and all those who assiduously work hard to preserve its security and safety. We also pray with you for the brethren who were forcibly displaced due to political violence or religious persecution. We prayed together at the shrine of Our Lady of the Mount to our Mother Mary, with a wish to wipe away the tears of blood that Virgin Mary shed in this shrine years ago at a time when she wanted to indicate that she wanted excessive prayers in order to attain a dear wish, namely the attainment of justice and peace.

Your Beatitude Cardinal al-Rahi, you are most welcome in the Jordan of goodness, the Jordan of Baptism.

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