Delegation affiliated with Philos Project meets with Fr. Bader, Dr. Hafi

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Delegation affiliated with Philos Project meets with Fr. Bader, Dr. Hafi

Amman-en.abouna.org

Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan Fr. Dr. Rif'at Bader and Professor of Islamic Sharia Dr. Amer Al-Hafi met on Tuesday, June 4, with a delegation from US states, Canada and South American countries in the context of the Philos Project, administered by Ms. Juliana Taimorazzi, which aims at promoting partnership and awareness about the status of religions in the Middle East.

Dr. Hafi spoke about the Islamic religion, describing it with the term "mercy." He pointed out that, unfortunately, there have been attempts by some dissident groups, which have their own interpretations of religion and Koranic texts, to form terrorist groups that make addresses in the name of religion at a time when religion has nothing to do with this.

He added, "The religious openness between Muslims and Christians is attributed to the correct understanding of different religions and the need to love God, which is always associated with the love of others." On his personal experience, he spoke about his closeness with the Focolare Movement, founded by Chiara Lubich, which includes members of various faiths and is based on love for God and for others.

For his part, Father Bader said that the first principle of Muslim-Christian encounter is that we are creatures of the same One Creator; and secondly that the essence of religions is peace, love and openness; and thirdly, it is incumbent to attain solidarity and unity at our times or to curtail or rather to treat the major crises that plague humanity such as environment issues, extremism, environmental issues, poverty, justice, and oppression.

An open discussion ensued with the students who highly valued the Jordanian situation with regards to dialogue as well as combating violence and intolerance.

The delegation members had earlier visited the Za'tari Camp and were briefed on the services which the Jordanian government presents to the Syrian refugees. The delegation also attended Sunday Mass at Christ the King Church in Al- Misdar downtown Amman, which was celebrated by Father Adnan Bader. They also visited King Abdullah I Mosque and the nearby Coptic Orthodox Church.

Tue, 06/04/2019 - 13:53
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