Georgetown’s DeGioia: Pope’s Holy Land trip comes at challenging time

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Georgetown’s DeGioia: Pope’s Holy Land trip comes at challenging time

Radio Vatican

Pope Francis’ visit Saturday to Jordan, the first stop on his three day pilgrimage to the Holy Land, comes at one of the most challenging and difficult moments of our lifetime: that’s according to the President of one leading US university who says he’s hopeful the pontiff’s visit to the region will encourage peace there.

President of Jesuit-run Georgetown University Dr. John DeGioia will be in Amman for the Pope’s arrival. Jordan’s King Abdullah has long been “exceptionally” supportive of interfaith dialogue, says DeGioia, whose university runs a renowned center for interreligious dialogue.

King Abdullah has been “a global leader in fostering interreligious dialogue and Jordan as a country has provided a number of leaders who have ensured the significance of interreligious dialogue in our public discourse,” DeGioia explains.

DeGioia tells Vatican Radio's Philippa Hitchen that he expects Pope Francis’ trip to Jordan to be “an extraordinary visit and a great opening to his visit to the Holy Land.” Pope Francis will be the fourth pontiff to visit the Hashemite Kingdom.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 19:36
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