Bishop of Lourdes Brouwet visits Iftaa' Department, CCSM

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Bishop of Lourdes Brouwet visits Iftaa' Department, CCSM

Amman-en.abouna.org

During his visit to Jordan at the invitation of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Bishop of Tarbes and Lourdes Monsignor Nicolas Brouwet paid a visit to the Iftaa' Department, accompanied by Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader, on Wednesday, September 19.

Grand Mufti of Jordan Mohammad Khalaileh welcomed Bishop Brouwet and shed light on the activates conducted by the department. He also pointed to the importance of the cooperation among the various religious institutions in the Jordanian society, especially the CCCSM, where this cooperation formed a culture of brotherhood, love and common living. He added that “the Christians in the Kingdom are an integral part of Jordanian society. Mutual relations with them are characterized with cordiality since the old days, and there are numerous common denominators with them.”

Referring to moderation followed in Jordan which reflects the culture of the Jordanian society, he referred to the initiatives launched by Jordan, such as the Amman Message, the Common Word Initiative, and the World Interfaith Harmony Week which was initiated by His Majesty King Abdullah II. "He said:" We are, therefore, keen to ensure that all Sharia laws are consistent with these principles. We also fight extremist ideas through indicating that these views are absolutely untrue.”

For his part, Bishop Brouwet expressed his happiness for visiting the Iftaa’ Department. He addressed the mufti saying: “You have a wonderful testimony about the Jordanian society represented in common living between Muslims and Christians. This is a wonderful message in disseminating the views of God in societies.” He pointed out that that this matter is not present in many European countries, including France, where religion is completely separate from society, because religion never gets involved in state and politics.”

Referring to the challenges facing the French society with regards to the relations between Muslims and Christians, he said:"There are historical complications stemming from the mentality of colonialism, the lack of integration of Muslims in society, and concerns expressed by Christians themselves. What aggravates the situation are the latest terrorist events which were greatly reflected on the global scene.” He went on to say:"I came to Jordan to order to emulate this good example from Jordan, where there are great mutual relations, deep-rooted friendships and great respect.”

Discussions also touched on a number of topics, such as the common denominators between Christianity and Islam with regards to human beings and dignity, especially with regards to respect for religion within societies, as well as with working to promote peace, common living and serving humanity.

Later, Bishop Brouwet visited the CCSM, located in Jabal Luweibdeh, Amman. CCSM Director Dr. Rif’at Bader explained the major activities of the CCSM in the service of the Church in Jordan, as well as in the Middle East through its website abouna.org, and the Jordanian society.

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:37
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