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Jordan's Prince El Hassan Ibn Talal has expressed the desire to see "a template of hope" developed during Pope Francis' May 24-26 visit to the Holy Land. Speaking with Catholic News Service, the...
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Jordanians, inspired by the genuine welcoming wordings of their Monarch Abdullah II, of their official representatives and of different Christians entities operating in Jordan and motivated by the...
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Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Jordan is testament to the prestigious position that Jordan holds internationally as a country of peace, love and religious tolerance, Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour...
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The significance of where Jesus was believed to be baptized on the banks of the Jordan River beginning his public ministry is not lost on Arab Christians, deeply aware of their rich religious and...
On an upcoming trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis is expected to prioritize his visit with Palestinians, including a refugee camp, in a move interpreted by many as a 'recognition' of a future...
Many Christians in the Holy Land have had their hopes dashed: The Pope of the peripheries is about to arrive and they won’t get to see him. The tickets to Pope Francis’ Mass in Bethlehem next...
Since his appearance on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on the day of his election, Pope Francis continues to fascinate and surprise the world. Within a short time, he was described as “different...
On the occasion of its 10th anniversary this year, Our Lady of Peace Centre has received a message from Pope Francis encouraging the staff to continue “witnessing God’s boundless love for everyone...
The upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land by Pope Francis is likely to prove a major headache for local security forces tasked with his security. The pontiff’s first stop will be Jordan, where he...
An appeal has been issued jointly by Vatican and Jordanian officials marks the nations’ friendship and common commitment to foster peace and dialogue in the Middle East. Following a May 13-14 meeting...
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