On Wednesday, January 14, Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa paid a private visit to St. George the Martyr Church in Irbid where he met with members of the clergy who work in northern Jordan, namely Irbid, Husun, Shatana, Ajloun, Anjara, Al-Wahadneh, Ajloun and Mafraq which include priests, nuns, deacons, and acolytes.
Patriarch Pizzaballa expressed happiness for meeting with the clergy who work in northern Jordan. He highly valued their pastoral services which they provide on daily bases in the service of the spiritual mission in churches and through various pastoral activities. He also lauded the humanitarian mission they perform in schools and in social centers in a spirit of cooperation designed to serve the church in particular and the society in general.
Upon arrival, parish priest Fr. Suleiman Hassan delivered an address on behalf of the clergy and the faithful. He said, "Four years after your previous visit to us as an apostolic administrator, you come today, Your Beatitude, with a new mission from the Lord at a time when you have chosen to stay and work in the Holy Land." In this context, he stressed that everyone prays for him and accentuated adherence to cooperation in order to fulfill the mission entrusted for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.
His Beatitude Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa was accompanied, during his first pastoral visit since his nomination as patriarch by His Holiness Pope Francis in November 2020, by Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop William Shomali and Secretary General of the Latin Vicariate in Amman Fr. Imad Alamat.