Patriarch Twal, heads of Churches in Jordan pay solidarity visit to Kasasbeh tribe in Karak

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Patriarch Twal, heads of Churches in Jordan pay solidarity visit to Kasasbeh tribe in Karak

Karak-Abouna

Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal, accompanied by heads of Churches in Jordan and a number of priests, paid a visit to the Kasasbeh tribe in Karak Governorate on Saturday January 3, 2015, to express solidarity of the Churches in the Kingdom with captive pilot Mu'az Kasasbeh.

Following is the full text of Patriarch Twal's address:

Dear members of the Kasasbeh tribe, Al-Hazman tribe and distinguished sons of Karak,
Dear parents of Jordanian hero Mu'az Kasasbeh,
Good morning,

I greet you on behalf of the heads of the Churches and bishops in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, conveying to you love, goodness and peace of mind. We had come to Karak one day before Christmas celebrations and welcomed with you His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein.

After this great celebration, held under the honor of His Majesty the King, news disseminated about the abduction of your son, our son, and the son of honorable Jordan and Jordanians, by organizations of extremism and terrorism. Since that time, the Christmas Eve, Christmas day, the following Sunday and the day new year, bells of churches rang, and prayers were held for the freedom for our brother hero, and his safe return.

Today marking the Prophet's birthday, we came to wish you well. We pray that our national holidays will be fully celebrated with the return of the hero pilot who made us, in spite of severe pain, taste national unity which is dear to our hearts.

On behalf of the heads of churches in our beloved Kingdom, I ask you to have patience and strong faith since the rightful fear nothing. The Holy Bible teaches us that "there is no greater love than a man who gives himself for the sake of his beloved ones."

We greet you, dear relatives, loved ones, and honorable tribes of the free and dignified homeland under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein. With you, we share the sincere and heartfelt prayers held at the mosques of the Kingdom marking the honorable Prophet's Birthday, as prayers will be held today and tomorrow, Sunday, for the safe return of your son, and our son, to his homeland, to Karak, which was immune to the winds and storms, and to his tribe and his family to whom we hold high esteem and respect.

May God protect Jordan's security and stability, protect you all under the leadership of His Majesty the King, as well as preserve the awareness of the people and our relationship of love. May God protect members of the Arab Army, restore our dear captive, and protect our national unity as well as the prevailing love.

We will shorly, God willing, come back to you to congratulate you on his safe return. Peace be upon you.

Meanwhile, the father of Muaz Kasabeh thanked the church leaders for their solidarity visit. He said: "We stand united behind this wise leadership enlightened by the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II Bin Al Hussein. We in Jordan are one family as there is no need for coexistence between us since we are firmly united in one body and whatever hurts one organ of the body does hurt the other parts."

Director of the Catholic Center for Studies Media Fr. Rif'at Bader had earlier presented the members of the delegation and the churches participating in the solidarity visit with Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Patriarch Twal.

The delegation included the Latin Diocese, the Orthodox Church, the Apostolic Nunciature in Amman, the Roman Catholic Church, and Syriac Orthodox Church, the Coptic Orthodox Church, the Chaldeans, the Lutheran Church, and the Catholic Center for Studies and Media, in addition to parish priests of Latin, Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches in Karak Governorate. The participants expressed their thanks and appreciation for the efforts undertaken by His Majesty the King and the security agencies in Jordan to ensure the release of the hero pilot, Mu'az Kasasbeh.

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 12:45
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