Thank you media

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Thank you media

By Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader

It was not easy to consider the closure of houses of worship for nearly three months. The church and mosque prayers were held at homes, emanated from the hearts--especially at the beginning of the crisis--and obsessed with fear of what comes next.

Thanking the Almighty God in the first place, it is incumbent upon us to thank the officials directly responsible for managing the crisis, as this is what we did in several articles. We also thank media outlets for their good performance during the pandemic as they shouldered three basic duties, namely disseminating news and official statements Issued by the official media and the health authorities; educating the people and guiding them on the need to stay at home as well as how to maintain social distancing and personal hygiene; in addition to their role in serving the faith and this is the issue I want to focus attention on.

It was God's will that the months of the pandemic coincided with the Christians' Feast of Easter and the Muslims' Eid Al-Fitr. We reiterate that it is difficult to mark the colorful rituals at home as if they were normal days. At this point, the healthy media role emerged which is relevant to how to quench the thirst of worshipers and believers for religious rites live –streamed and monitored at homes.

The modern media has done its part to the fullest as the official media incorporated religious affairs with its programs from time to time including the specialized religious media which streamed the rites in implementation of the slogan that had earlier prevailed, “My house is my church”, or “my house is my mosque”.

The photos posted on social media networking sites testify that our homes have experienced the feasts, despite the bitterness of lockdown. The feasts were experienced in a unique way so that family members will never forget. We frequently heard people say that they focused well on prayers with no distractions. Several media outlets recently emerged locally and globally. In the Vatican, celebrations organized by the Vatican Media Center were live-streamed to millions of viewers in various languages. For the first time in history, the Pope presided at a prayer in the Vatican Square and its grand church without audience. In Jerusalem, the Christian Media Center, in cooperation with the Latin Patriarchate and Palestine Television, streamed the Easter prayers. In Jordan, the Catholic Center for Studies and Media streamed all prayers, in addition to instructional videos and interviews via electronic screens that transmitted a positive spirit of hope. The official media outlets streamed Friday prayers of Eid Al-Fitr prayers as well on main television stations in our beloved Kingdom.

As the believers have returned to their churches and mosques, we thank media, since besides their regular responsibilities, albeit in extraordinary circumstances, they streamed prayers which were monitored at homes and made us celebrate Easter, the Sunday Masses, the Eid Al-Fitr and Friday prayers with great faith which reflects further love and sincere affiliation to our beloved country.

Thank you, media.

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