Catholic Churches in Jordan to mark pilgrimage to Baptism Site, Friday Jan. 12

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Catholic Churches in Jordan to mark pilgrimage to Baptism Site, Friday Jan. 12

Amman-The Catholic Center for Studies and Media

Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Lina Annab and the heads of the Catholic Churches in Jordan will hold a press conference on Friday, January 12, prior to the celebrations marking the day of the Jordanian Christian Catholic pilgrimage to the Baptism Site.

The Catholic Churches celebrate this annual pilgrimage on the second Friday of January, as has been the case since 2000 when the pilgrimage to the Baptism Site was initiated during the visit of Pope John Paul II to Jordan on his first leg of visit to the Holy Land.

The Mass will be presided by the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and concelebrated by Apostolic Administrator of the Greek Catholic Church Bishop Elie Haddad, who will deliver the homily, and Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali as well as heads and representatives of the Catholic Churches, namely the Maronite, Syriac, Catholic, Armenian Catholic and Chaldean Churches. The John the Baptist choir will sing hymns during the Mass.

Preparations have been completed regarding transport arrangements and facilitating the arrival of the elderly to the Baptism Site where thousands of people from various parishes and Catholic Churches in the Kingdom will take part.

Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan Fr. Rif'at Bader said that the celebration comes on the heels of the Church's marking of the International Day of Peace, in which His Holiness Pope Francis focused attention on the refugees and the displaced. It also falls a few days after the Epiphany that enjoys great popular attention. He pointed out that pilgrimage to the Baptism Site is open throughout the year, yet it enjoys greater attention on these days owing to the fact that the Church restores celebrations marking the Feast of Baptism, which fall on Sunday, January 7, according to the Gregorian calendar.

Fr. Bader, who is the spokesperson of the ceremony, noted that the Baptism Site was privileged to host the meeting that took place a couple of days prior to Christmas celebrations between His King Abdullah II Ben Al-Hussein as well as Christian and Islamic figures from Jordan and Palestine during which His Majesty's historic Hashemite custodianship of the Christian and Islamic sanctities in Jerusalem was reasserted. He added that prayers will be said from the side of the River Jordan for His Majesty the King, the Jordanians who constitute one family, and all the guests particularly the Arab brethren from Syria and Iraq who live in Jordan as well as the ambassadors of several Arab and foreign countries.

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 20:49
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