Apostolic Nuncio in Amman Unveils Pope's itinerary in Holy Land

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Apostolic Nuncio in Amman Unveils Pope's itinerary in Holy Land

Amman (Abouna)

Following is the text of the speech delivered by Apostolic Nuncio to Jordan Archbishop Giorgio Lingua during a press conference the Center for Catholic Studies and Media has held to officially announce Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the Holy Land:

On January 4, 1964, the plane of the bishop of Rome landed for the first time at Amman Airport.

Fifty years later, His Holiness Pope Francis positively responds to the invitation of His Majesty King Abdullah Ibn Al-Hussein. He will come to Jordan to mark the golden jubilee of the 1964 visit.

On that very visit, which took place during the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Roman Pontiff Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I held a historic meeting in Jerusalem which bore the fruit of the elimination of mutual excommunication that was applied for a thousand years. This excommunication opened the doors wide for the great schism between the Churches of the east and the west.

“We will return to the ‘Holy Land’ in the spirit of warm prayers, repentance and spiritual renovation to present to Jesus His Church, call it holy and unified, invite all brothers who are not members to join it, and plead the mercy of God for bringing about peace among the peoples.” With these words which Pope Paul VI scribbled on a sheet of paper to the council of fathers, he expressed his views saying: “This visit will take place quickly to express simplicity, piety, repentance and love. These are the features which Pope Francis wants to convey during his upcoming visit: Prayer for a unified church and for peace.

Pope Paul VI wished to continue his pilgrimage to Damascus to walk in the steps of Paul, the messenger of nations, whose name he carries, but the mission was not easy to fulfill. In this year, the Pope will visit Damascus spiritually, by heart and mind, to share with this country its suffering while several thousands of its citizens sought refuge in Jordan, the host country as usual.

Pope Francis’ visit has an ecumenical value and a stark eminence among religions. In Jordan, in particular, he will address the brotherly Muslims at the Royal Hashemite Court after being received by His Majesty King Abdullah to symbolise returning the visit which the King had paid to the Vatican in August 2013.

In Jordan, in particular, he will address brotherly Muslims at the Royal Hashemite Court after being received by His Majesty King Abdullah as if he is returning the visit which King Abdullah made to the Vatican in August 2013. After the meeting, Jordanian political and religious figures will greet the Pope.

Among the major events to take place during the short visit will be celebrating the Holy Mass at Amman Stadium where he will meet with masses of the faithful. At the end of the day, he will visit the Baptism Site, the lowest point on Earth, where Lord Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist marking the start of His mission. In an impressive initiative, Pope Francis chose to share dinner with the poor and the suffering.

These are the three major points of the visit. I hereby address the faithful to pray effective immediately for the upcoming visit in order to make it bear the expected spiritual fruits and consolidate friendship ties among the various religious and ethnic components of the Jordanian society.

Archbishop Giorgio Lingua
Apostolic Nuncio in Jordan

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 14:50
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