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.