Text of address by CCSM director during launching of Pope's book "The Name of God is Mercy"

Text of address by CCSM director during launching of Pope's book "The Name of God is Mercy"

Amman-The Catholic Center for Studies and Media

Translated into English by Munir Bayouk/ The Catholic Center for Studies and Media

Excellencies, Yours Beatitude ,
Your Excellencies bishops, heads and representatives of churches

Good evening,

On behalf of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media, I am honored to welcome you all this evening at the Royal Cultural Centre which carries a royal name that is dear to our hearts. Today, we all represent a united family which depicts the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ben Al Hussein.

We meet today to launch a book whose title adequately reflects the depth of faith in the Merciful One God, "The Name of God is Mercy."This is the one God whom we worship, follow and try all the time to fulfill His will. The name of the Almighty is Mercy and nothing else, which forms a bridge linking the world's Muslims with the Christians because they worship the same God, called Mercy.

It is the first book to Pope Francis, who celebrated Mass on May 24, two years ago, in the stadium that is not far from here. This venue served as a media center for the Papal fourth visit. The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan, took upon itself to translate this book into the Arabic language in order to let the Arabic-language speaking people get acquainted with God's mercy.

I thank the minister of culture for being with us today, I thank Patriarch Fouad Twal, and I thank Archbishop Maroun Lahham. I also thank Patriarch Michel Sabbah, who reviewed the book. I also thank Mr. Salameh Jad'oun and Mr. Mohammad Bishtawi for their review of the book. I thank all the employees at the Catholic Center for Studies and Media. I also thank Caritas Jordan for its support and encouragement. We also welcome and greet the renowned journalist Andrea Tornielli who honored us with his presence. With him we thank our colleagues the media and journalist family.

Many thanks also go to the master of ceremonies Rania Haddad, to the video director Elie Nimry and to those present with us at this event. Many thanks also go to the Royal Cultural Center and its director Mohammad Abu Summaqa, to the Rosary Sisters School in Shmeisani and to Dr. Nida' Zaqzouq. As well as to the Qdess Brothers George and Fadi with the singer Violetta Makhamreh.

In this wonderful Jordanian evening, as we are not far away from the Baptismal Site, and Mount Nebo in its renewed dress, I greet you wishing you well.

Peace be upon you.

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