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    Pope Francis Visit to Jordan

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    Pope Francis Visits the Baptism Site

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  • Remarks

    Full text of the welcoming remarks by His Majesty King Abdullah II

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  • Interview with Nectarios Mansour

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Arrival

  • Jordan's Chief of Royal Protocol and Ambassador of the Vatican to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan board the aircraft to welcome His Holiness
  • Two-lane Guard of Honour
  • His Holiness received and welcomed by HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammed
  • Students from local schools present near the Royal Pavilion to greet His Holiness 
  • Proceed to Amman in red motorcade, as traditionally used during previous Papal visits

Welcoming Ceremony

  • His Holiness Pope Francis is received by Their Majesties King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah
  • Pontifical National Anthem followed by Jordanian National Anthem 
  • Dismissal of the Guard of Honor
  • Courtesy Call (15 minutes) followed by photo opportunity
  • Exchange of gifts (displayed)

Royal and Papal Remarks

  • Meeting with government authorities, Muslim and Christian leaders and members of the diplomatic corps
  • Remarks by His Majesty King Abdullah II
  • Remarks by His Holiness Pope Francis

Holy Mass

  • Tour inside stadium
  • Holy Mass (2 hours, 15 minutes)
  • Expected attendance to meet stadium capacity of 30,000 persons
  • About 1,400 children to receive their First Holy Communion

Baptism Site

Bethany beyond the Jordan

  • His Majesty King Abdullah II receives his Holiness 
  • His Holiness performs pilgrimage to the Jordan River

Meeting with the Vulnerable

  • Expected attendance of 400 persons, mainly young refugees and children with special needs
  • His Holiness departs for the Apostiolic Nunciture (Vatican Embassy Residence)
  • Crowds expected to gather near the Apostiolic Nunciture to greet His Holiness

Departure

  • Students from local schools present at the Royal Pavilion to greet His Holiness
  • Farewell ceremony for His Holiness
  • Departure for Bethlehem on board Jordanian helicopters

King Abdullah II welcomes Pope Francis to Jordan

Amman | His Holiness Pope Francis arrived to Jordan in his first Papal visit to the region and pilgrimage to the Holy Land, carrying messages of tolerance, peace and coexistence.

The visit is his second trip abroad and marks 50 years of papal visits to The Hashemite Kingdom and the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Jordan and the Vatican. 

Upon his arrival, His Holiness was received and welcomed by His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad and a number of local dignitaries and clergy, before proceeding to Al Husseinieh Palace in Amman, where he was received by Their Majesties King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, Queen Rania Al Abdullah and The Crown Prince Hussein II ibn Abdullah.

 

 

In Al Husseinieh Palace both His Holiness and King Abdullah exchanged gifts and discussed Jordan-Vatican ties and their shared concern for strengthening dialogue between Muslims and Christians. 

Pope Francis also met with government authorities, Muslim and Christian leaders, and members of the diplomatic corps.

King Abdullah welcomed Pope Francis to the ‘Land of Faith, Land of Fellowship’ on behalf of all Jordanians and expressed his appreciation of the Pope’s messages of friendship and peace.

“Muslims everywhere appreciate your message of esteem and friendship. In addition to being the successor of Saint Peter, Your Holiness, you have become a conscience for the whole world,” King Abdullah said.

“Since becoming Pontiff, you have reminded us, in word and in deed, that “Pontiff” means “bridge builder.” Jordanians, too, are building bridges,” King Abdullah added. 

“Here, today, Muslims and Christians are building a shared future, on the common ground of mutual respect, peace and devotion to God,” King Abdullah said.

Pope Francis offered affectionate greetings to King Abdullah and to citizens of Jordan, hoping that his visit will help advance good and cordial relations between Muslims and Christians within the region.