Five years have elapsed since Pope Francis' visit to Jordan

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Five years have elapsed since Pope Francis' visit to Jordan

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader-Rome

I had the honor to meet with Pope Francis in the Vatican a few days ago after having participated in the sessions of the XXI General Assembly of Caritas Internationalis, which is active in more than 200 countries in the world.

The meeting coincided with the fifth anniversary of the visit undertaken by Pope Francis to our Holy Land. I mentioned this to him, and told him that it was time for paying a second visit. His Holiness smiled as the invitation has not an official nature but rather represents a dear wish since the Pope's visits shed light on the outstanding features of the host country. Five years ago coincided with the fourth visit to our beloved kingdom, where the Pope boarded a helicopter on his way to Bethlehem in appreciation of the Palestinian people and their future independence.

During his visit, His Holiness met with His Majesty King Abdullah II Ben Al-Hussein who is the only leader in the world to have received three pontiffs. The relations between Jordan and the Holy See have developed as the diplomatic relations were established in 1994. I believe that there are efforts to name a Jordanian resident-ambassador to the Vatican and a Holy See ambassador confined only to Jordan as the diplomatic representation includes other countries.

Pope Francis met with Jordanian officials and the Jordanian people during a solemn Mass he celebrated at the Amman International Stadium. He also prayed at the Baptism accompanied by His Majesty the King which serves as a universal invitation to all friends in the world: Come, visit Jordan, it is an ipso facto holy land.

Pope Francis said at the Baptism Site, "I have in mind the acts expressing love which are conducted by Church institutions such as Caritas Jordan and others whereby by helping those in need, without discrimination on the basis of religious, ethnic or intellectual affiliation, it manifests the beauty of the loving face of Lord Jesus Christ."

This took place on the eve of Independence Anniversary in 2014, and on Independence Day 2019, His Majesty King Abdullah bestowed the Order of Al Istiqlal (Independence) of the first degree on Caritas Jordan, in appreciation for its unstinting charity work and community service in the healthcare, education, youth, and productive sectors over the past 50 years, as well as in appreciation of its efforts to provide shelter for the forcibly displaced and refugees."

Five years have passed, and the procession continues for it is an unlimited march of altruism and love. Yet, as an extended family it is our duty to utilize historic visits for further promotion of our country, which the Pope described five years ago as "rich in history and great in religious significance."

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