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The Pope has arrived in Jordan

Pope Francis addresses Jordanian authorities in Amman

Extract: "Jordan has offered a generous welcome to great numbers of Palestinian and Iraqi refugees, as well as to other refugees from troubled areas, particularly neighboring Syria, ravaged by a conflict which has lasted all too long. Such generosity merits the appreciation and support of the international community. The Catholic Church, to the extent of its abilities, has sought to provide assistance to refugees and those in need, especially through Caritas Jordan.

 

While acknowledging with deep regret the continuing grave tensions in the Middle East, I thank the authorities of the Kingdom for all that they are doing and I encourage them to persevere in their efforts to seek lasting peace for the entire region. This great goal urgently requires that a peaceful solution be found to the crisis in Syria, as well as a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Read the full address here

Visit the website abouna.org for full coverage of H.H. Pope Francis’ visit to the Holy Land in both English and Arabic.

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Vatican Secretary of State expresses hopes for Papal visit to Holy Land. News and audio report here.

Arrival in Jordan
Arrival in Jordan

Vatican defends Palestinian sovereignty ahead of papal visit

Article from The Jordan Times newspaper

“Our Lady of the Wall” is an icon painted on the illegal Israeli apartheid separation wall which severs occupied Bethlehem from its historic hinterland of occupied east Jerusalem old city.
“Our Lady of the Wall” is an icon painted on the illegal Israeli apartheid separation wall which severs occupied Bethlehem from its historic hinterland of occupied east Jerusalem old city.

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s Secretary of State on Thursday defended the Palestinians’ right to a “sovereign and independent” homeland and said he hoped Pope Francis’ upcoming visit would lead to “courageous decisions” for peace.

 

“We know that the Pope is going to a particularly suffering land,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, whose role is equivalent to that of a prime minister, told Vatican television ahead of the Pope’s three-day visit starting on Saturday.

 

“I really hope that the fruit will be to help politicians and all people of goodwill take courageous decisions on the path to peace,” Parolin said in the interview, which was posted on the website of Vatican Radio.

 

Asked about particular points that Francis will talk about during the visit amid stalled peace talks, Parolin said they would be in line with Vatican policy.

 

“On the one hand, Israel’s right to exist in peace and security within internationally recognised boundaries.

 

“And the Palestinian people’s right to have a homeland, sovereign and independent, the right to move around freely, the right to live in dignity,” he said.

 

The Pope travels to Jordan first on Saturday where he will meet Syrian refugees, then to Bethlehem in the Palestinian Territories on Sunday and on to Jerusalem where he will hold a prayer for Christian unity and visit holy sites.

 

The Vatican’s decision for Francis to fly by helicopter directly to Bethlehem from Jordan without passing through Israel as normally required by diplomatic protocol is a first that has cheered Palestinians and angered Israelis.

 

The Vatican recognised the Palestinian territories as the “State of Palestine” in 2012 and has incurred Israeli ire in the past for appearing to side with the Palestinians although relations have improved markedly in recent years. Original article here.


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