Catholic Churches mark annual pilgrimage to the Baptism Site

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Catholic Churches mark annual pilgrimage to the Baptism Site

Baptism Site (Abouna)

Catholic Churches in Jordan on January 10, 2014 marked national Christian pilgrimage day to the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ. A Mass was celebrated on this occasion by Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Fouad Twal with the participation of Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop Maroun Lahham, Archbishop of the Greek Melkite Catholic Archeparchy of Petra and Philadelphia Yaser Ayyash, clergymen as well as a number of Arab and foreign ambassadors to Jordan.

In his homily, Archbishop Twal recalled the historic visit of Pope Paul VI to the Holy Land exactly fifty years ago, when his plane landed at Marka Airport and prayed by the River Jordan for attaining harmony, a spirit of love as well as universal peace and brotherhood.

Welcoming the Pope’s upcoming visit on May 24-26, Archbishop Twal called for the release of all the kidnapped and incarcerated in Syria, Palestine and Iraq with particular reference to bishops, priests and nuns. He added: “May the acts of kidnapping, detention and the persecution of the peaceful followers of Lord Jesus come to an end.”

More than 6,500 people participated in the annual pilgrimage.

Sat, 01/11/2014 - 12:38
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