Jordan: The 7th annual Franciscan March proceeds to Karak

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Jordan: The 7th annual Franciscan March proceeds to Karak

By Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org

The 7th annual Franciscan Youth March began on Friday, August 9, to cover southern parts of Jordan.

The annual Franciscan march aims at raising spiritual awareness and developing a spirit of love and peace among young people, as well as promoting an environmental culture and familiarized with Jordan. This year, the march will cover the southern Governorate of Karak and last until August 14.

On the first day of the march, the participants in the march visited the parish of St. Michael Samakiya township. On the next day, they are scheduled to proceed towards Karak.

THE FRANCISCAN MARCH IN THE HOLY LAND

It is to be noted that about one hundred people: this is the number of participants in the Franciscan March, on Wednesday, 31 July 2019, the experience of a walk offered by the Youth Pastoral care of the Friars Minor of the Custody of the Holy Land to young people between the ages of 17 and 27.

The theme of the March was “Encounters which lead to You” and during the week, the young people examine the various aspects of the encounters in the life of St Francis, which were all experiences that allowed him to take one further step towards God. The encounter with himself in prison, the encounter with the leper, with the crucifix of St Damian, with the wolf and, lastly, the encounter with the Sultan and the one with the angel when he received the Stigmata. The youngsters, from Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, Jerusalem, Ramleh, Nazareth, Abilene, and, for the first time, also from Janine, have an experience which is not only spiritual but also physical. Six hours of walking a day await them to complete the route which includes various stops in Galilee, including Cana, where they start off from, Nazareth, where they have experience of evangelization and then the arrival at Mount Tabor on 2 August, on the occasion of the Pardon of Assisi.

At Mount Tabor the experience is not only of giving thanks but also penitential: it is there where the Lord is encountered face to face that the young pilgrims will be able to adore Jesus in the Eucharist and do other activities before saying goodbye. "This is the 29th March, considering the years of intifada and insecurity in the land: we can say that it is a tradition that has been going on for more than 30 years and which has always borne many good fruits,” said Fr. Emad Rofael, in charge of Youth Pastoral care at the Custody of the Holy Land.

There are two new elements in this year’s March: the final celebration by the Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Mons. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, and the creation of the official anthem of the March, by some young Christian Palestinians.

Sat, 08/10/2019 - 11:03
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