Fr. Bader lectures in Italy on religious tourism to Jordan

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Fr. Bader lectures in Italy on religious tourism to Jordan

Loreto-en.abouna.org

Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Jordan Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader on Tuesday October 2, 2018 delivered a lecture at the conference organized by Opera Romana, the official Vatican institution which organizes pilgrimage and tourism of Catholics of the world. This institution is renowned for organizing pilgrimage trips to Jordan or the Holy Land: Jordan and Palestine.

At the conference convening in Loreto, where the Marian Shrine is located and with the participation of over 200 people concerned with religious tourism in Italy, Fr. Bader noted that Jordan is a holy land and rich in holy places which makes it the focus of historic visits by four popes, namely Paul VI in 1964, John Paul II in 2000, Benedict XVI in 2009, and Francis of 2014. These visits came on the heels of the prevailing security and stability in this dear homeland and the efforts exerted by the concerned parties to place the Kingdom on the global tourism map.

The CCSM director indicated the importance of organizing more trips to the Jordan, of giving pilgrims and tourists a unique opportunity to meet with the local Christians, and of holding prayers in the churches abounding with believers. He also called for a protracted cooperation with official and popular tourist parties, for establishing a pastoral center to serve the pilgrims, and for providing due care for guides because tourist guides reflect Jordan's cultural image before guests from different regions of the world.

The Jordanian Latin Patriarchate priest called on the concerned parties not to restrict their tourism programs to visiting archaeological or historical sites, but rather to apprise the visitors of the distinguished experience of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the field of interfaith dialogue, of the relevant initiatives launched by Jordan, of the religious harmony and common living prevailing among its citizens, as well as the services provided to the refugees and the forcibly displaced so as seize the opportunity to highlight the activities carried out by governmental and ecclesiastical institutions, particularly Caritas Jordan which has been active for over half a century.

In the presence of Most Rev. Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and other officials, a documentary film produced by Italian Television R1, in cooperation with Opera Romana, was screened. The film highlights the most outstanding religious, archaeological and historical sites in Jordan. Fr. Bader also acquainted Opera Romana with the 2019 tourism plan to the Holy Land which includes three nights in Jordan or trips dedicated solely for Jordan with seven nights. He also encouraged Opera Romana to continue to organize pilgrimage trips to our Holy Land.

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 14:39
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