Fr. Bader, Dr. Hafi meet with Philos Project youth delegation

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Fr. Bader, Dr. Hafi meet with Philos Project youth delegation

Amman-en.abouna.org

Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan Fr. Rif’at Bader and the professor of Islamic Sharia, Dr. Amer Al-Hafi, on Sunday July 30, met with a youth delegation from the Philos Project whose aim is to promote Christian partnership and awareness of the Middle East issues in the West.

During the meeting, Fr. Bader reviewed the honorable history of the Christian presence in Jordan, and the good relations between Christians and Muslims within the framework of citizenship that includes all. He added: "Religion has recently been manipulated as part of the problem and conflict. It is time to return to its basic use by serving the purpose of truth, love and goodness."

Highlighting Jordan's initiatives in the fields of dialogue and the promotion of common living, Fr. Bader referred to Jordan’s initiatives in the field of dialogue and reinforcing common living, and talked about the personal contribution of His Majesty King Abdullah II in this regard and his initiative in 2013 to convene an international conference to discuss the challenges facing the Christian Arabs. He also shed light on the role being undertaken by Christian churches in the service of the forcibly displaced with particular reference to the Carita Jordan that has been providing services to the displaced and refugees.

Dr. Hafi said that “hopes are high nowadays for an impending eradication of the so-called Islamic State, especially in Mosul, as we hope that the forcibly displaced will return to Mosul and other cities and villages.” He continued that the Middle East, including Mosul, is an oasis of dialogue between Muslims and Christians, and “we cannot imagine a Middle East outside this consideration”.

He also asserted that those who claim that religion could serve as a factor for conflict and violence do not represent any religion, for religion cannot tolerate violence, murder and terrorization of people.

An expanded dialogue took place with the young people who are from the United States, European countries and South America and whose visit aims at giving guidance to the young Christian leaders and to raise awareness about the Middle East situation.

Later, the delegation visited the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Naour and the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, as well as met with the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Lina Annab. They also visited Za'atari refugee camp the day before and were briefed on the services provided to the forcibly displaced from Syria.

It is to be noted that from time to time, the Philos Project brings high-level Christian leaders on fact-finding trips to the Holy Land that are tailored to their needs and interests. These leaders come from a variety of fields including public policy, ministry, education, and journalism, but all of them want to understand the spiritual and political realities of life in the Holy Land today.

These trips emphasize the human diversity, historical complexity, and spiritual relevance of this land, and help participants understand how they can better advance the cause of justice and peace for the people who live there.

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:15
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