Lina Annab: "The Feast of Prophet Elijah was filled with goodness and blessing"

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Lina Annab: "The Feast of Prophet Elijah was filled with goodness and blessing"

By Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Lina Annab

Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Lina Annab described her participation in the ceremony held by the Latin Church at Al-Wahadneh township, northern Jordan, marking the Feast of Prophet Elijah on Saturday July 21 as "a beautiful celebration filled with goodness and blessing."

On her Facebook private account she says:"Yesterday, I participated--alongside a group of my colleagues from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities--in the beautiful and blessed celebration of the Feast of Saint Elijah at the Church of St. Elijah in the very beautiful Al-Wahadneh township."

She went on to say: "The Feast of St. Elijah is marked every year on July 20. Prophet Elijah is one of the most important personalities mentioned in the Holy Bible. He spent a large part of his life in Jordan. He was born in village called Tishbe, which lies among the mountains of Gilead. There is a hill at the Baptism Site called the Hill of St. Elijah, where Pope John Paul II prayed during his visit to the Baptism Site in 2000."

She added: "Al-Wahadneh is one of the beautiful townships located in the northern part of our beloved Jordan. It is populated by 7,000 people where Muslims and Christians live side by side in an atmosphere of love and sublime national affiliations. In 1940, a church named after St. Elijah was built. The present church was built in 1967. There is also a Greek Orthodox church named after St. Elijah. There are in Al-Wahadneh several sites owned by the Department of Antiquities since they are archaeological sites."

Annab concluded her remark by saying: "Many thanks go to parish priest Fr. Issa Shomali, to Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader, whom we wish well following obtaining his doctorate degree, to Fr. Bashir Bader, to Father Elias Haddad, to the sisters of the Rosary Sisters, especially to the wonderful Sister Claudine, and to Fr. Antonius of the Coptic Church and to MP Wasfi Haddad for their participation in the feast. Many thanks also go to the wonderful people of the region. Happy Feast and happy returns of the day.''

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