A Mennonite delegation gets acquainted with CCSM activities

A Mennonite delegation gets acquainted with CCSM activities

By Munir Bayouk-en.abouna.org

A Mennonite Central Committee delegation from Canada and the United States of America visited the Catholic Center for Studies and Media (CCSM) in Amman on Tuesday, October 10.

During the visit, CCSM Director Fr. Rif’at Bader welcomed the delegation and reviewed the stages which led to establishment of the CCSM in 2012, stating that CCSM serves as the voice that reflects the views of the Church and society in Jordan.

Stressing that Christians constitute some 3 per cent of the population in Jordan, he said that the role they play in Jordan far exceeds their percentage since they play a key role in the field of education where Christian schools are numerable as they disseminate the message of love, tolerance, and common living. He continued that there is a Catholic university in Madaba, namely the American University of Madaba, which follows the American educational system.

Fr. Bader pointed out that Christians lived in this area since the days of Lord Jesus Christ and that they have deep-rooted presence in the region.

Noting that there are several Christian institutions in Jordan, particularly Caritas Jordan, that serve to alleviate the suffering of the pained, the forcibly displaced, and the needy families, he referred to the services they have been providing over the past years in the health, housing, educational, and cultural fields to Iraqi and Syrian refugees.

Fr. Bader thanked the Mennonite Central Committee for supporting CCSM's cultural conferences while referring to the conference that convened last year and focused on tolerance, equality and cooperation between followers of various religions. He further elaborated on the prevailing cooperation with German institutions, such as Konrad Adenauer Foundation, in the field of studies relevant to promoting the culture of dialogue and serving the cause of environment, namely the “home of humanity”, according to the term used by Pope Francis.

Later, a dialogue took place with members of the Mennonite delegation who raised questions about inter-religious affairs, religious freedom, citizenship and cooperation among citizens.

The delegation had earlier visited the Restaurant of Mercy and got acquainted with its noble humanitarian message with regards to providing hundreds of free meals on daily bases. The delegation will also visit Caritas centers in downtown Amman and Irbid to be familiarized with the services provided by Caritas humanitarian centers and projects, particularly those implemented in partnership with Mennonite Central Committee.

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 21:48
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