Significance of Visit

His Holiness Pope Francis’ pilgrimage to the Holy Land marks 50 years of papal visits to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the 40th anniversary of the Vatican’s Commission for Relations with Islam.

The visit bolsters both His Holiness’ and His Majesty King Abdullah II's efforts to promote harmony and respect among religions, nations and people. The messages of peace carried by both leaders are essential in the Middle East today, where injustice, sectarianism and extremism are on the rise.

“Where there is conflict, dialogue can bring peace. Where there is peace, dialogue can bring harmony. Where there is harmony, dialogue can bring friendship. And where there is friendship, dialogue can bring joint beneficial action.”

His Majesty King Abdullah II
Nahdlatul Ulama Interfaith Conference: "Islam for Peace and Civilization"
Jakarta, Indonesia
26 February 2014

“An attitude of openness in truth and love must prevail in dialogue with believers of non-Christian religions, despite the various obstacles and difficulties, particularly fundamentalism on both sides.”

His Holiness Pope Francis

Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue

Vatican City

28 November 2013

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Located in the heart of a turbulent region, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has maintained stability, security and upward mobility for its people.

Following his ascension to the Throne in 1999, His Majesty King Abdullah II continued in the footsteps of their late Majesties, King Hussein, King Talal, and King Abdullah I, in institutionalising pluralism and providing a regional model of development and prosperity.

As a result of its ongoing political and economic reform efforts, Jordan has significantly enhanced the well-being and quality of life of its people by maintaining its traditions and values and building and continuously improving its infrastructure, human capital and economy.

Historic home to many great civilisations, heartland of Islam and Christianity, a place rich in language, culture, and tradition; Jordan is a land of faith and fellowship.