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Jordan Times

Prince Ghazi escorts Pope for Jerusalem Haram tour

Pope Francis on Monday called for disseminating peace and justice so that all people, in the region and worldwide, may live in peace, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.

The Pope made the call during his visit to Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, escorted by HRH Prince Ghazi, personal envoy and adviser for religious and cultural affairs for His Majesty King Abdullah, the custodian of the Islamic and Christian sites in Jerusalem.

Prince Ghazi was foremost among those who received Pope Francis, upon his arrival at Al Haram Al Sharif (or noble sanctuary), where the Prince escorted the Pontiff on a tour inside the Dome and briefed him on the Hashemites’ efforts, led by King Abdullah, in safeguarding Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem.

An agreement that was signed by His Majesty and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in March 2013 confirmed both Jordan’s role as custodian of the holy sites of Jerusalem and Palestinian sovereignty over all of Palestine, including East Jerusalem.

During a ceremony, organised by the Administration of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs of Jerusalem, attended by Interior Minister Hussein Majali and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the Pope said: “May we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters.”

“May we learn to understand the suffering of others! May no one abuse the name of God through violence,” he said, recalling Abraham’s holy pilgrimage and how he is considered the father of all Abrahamic religions.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem said peace in Palestine will not be achieved unless all aspects of the Israeli occupation are ended and the Palestinian people gain their freedom and all their legitimate rights.

Hussein expressed hope that the Pope will play an effective role in stopping the continued acts of aggression against the Palestinian people, their lands and holy sites, so that all Muslims and Christians may perform their religious rituals at Al Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre freely, noting that this is one of their simplest religious rights.

Also on Monday, Prince Ghazi joined the people of Jerusalem in their celebration of the anniversary of Israa wal Miraj, commemorating what the Koran describes as Prophet Mohammad’s nocturnal journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascension to heaven.

During the ceremony, which was also attended by Majali and several Jerusalemites, participants discussed challenges facing Islamic sites in Jerusalem, especially the Israeli practices meant to Judaise Al Aqsa Mosque and to alter the real identity of the Holy City of Jerusalem, as a whole, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

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Time

Pope Francis Kicks Off Holy Land Visit in Jordan

The Pontiff's historic, three-day journey to the Middle East begins with a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II in Amman. In a papal first, he is traveling with both a rabbi and an imam

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Los Angeles Times

Pope lands in Jordan to start Mideast pilgrimage

Pope Francis landed in Jordan on Saturday, beginning a three-day Mideast pilgrimage he vowed would be religious in nature, but will inevitably reflect the region’s volatile politics.

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SKY News

Pope Calls For 'Urgent' End To Syrian War

Pope Francis has said there is an "urgent" need for a peaceful solution to the Syria crisis, on the first day of a visit to the Middle East.

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NBC News

Pope Praises Jordan Over Syria Refugees, Religious Freedoms

Pope Francis thanked Jordan on Saturday for its role in helping welcoming hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria’s civil war and praised the desert kingdom’s “climate of serene coexistence” between Christianity and Islam.

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CNN

Crowds welcome Pope Francis to Jordan at start of Holy Land trip

After a joyous welcome from the gathered faithful, Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Saturday at a stadium in Jordan on the first leg of a Holy Land trip intended to promote a message of unity.

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New York Times

Pope, in Mideast, Stresses Urgency of Solving Crises

Reiterating a theme of his 15-month-old papacy, Francis praised Jordan for providing a “generous welcome” to refugees from “neighboring Syria, ravaged by a conflict which has lasted all too long.

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The Washington Post

Pope calls for religious tolerance in visit to the Middle East

On the first day of this whirlwind visit to the Holy Land, Pope Francis on Saturday praised Jordan for its atmosphere of religious tolerance and its care of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.

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Centre Daily

Pope thanks Jordan for welcoming Syrian refugees

Pope Francis thanked Jordan on Saturday for welcoming hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, calling for an "urgent," peaceful solution to the conflict in the neighboring nation as he began a three-day visit to the Middle East.

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Boston Globe

Pope Francis starts Mideast trip in Jordan

Pope Francis arrived Saturday in Jordan,  that will see him get a firsthand look at the plight of Syrian refugees and witness the toll the conflict next door is taking on Jordan.

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Europe

Pope Francis lands in Jordan for start of Holy Land tour

Pope Francis was greeted by thousands of people in Jordan on Saturday at the start of a three-day trip to the Middle East.

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The Daily Star

Pope begins Middle East pilgrimage in Jordan

Pope Francis arrives in Jordan Saturday at the start of a Middle East tour aiming to boost ties with Muslims and Jews as well as easing an age-old rift within Christianity itself.

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Radio Vaticana

Georgetown’s DeGioia: Pope’s Holy Land trip comes at challenging time

Pope Francis’ trip to Jordan will be an extraordinary visit and a great opening to his visit to the Holy Land.

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The Washington Post

Pope Francis begins tour of Holy Land, where it will be difficult to please all audiences

From his arrival Saturday afternoon in Amman, Jordan, to his departure Monday evening from Tel Aviv, Pope Francis will weave his way through the Holy Land’s modern-day obstacle course, where rival narratives clash and religious animosities linger.

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Time

Pope Francis’ Holy Land Visit: Spotlight on Christians in Jordan

Less attention has been paid to the vibrant Christian community that will greet Pope Francis in Jordan

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Reuters

Pope to start delicate Middle East trip in Jordan

Pope Francis arrives in Jordan on Saturday to start an intense three-day trip to the Middle East, bringing hope to the dwindling Christian population and an appeal to members of all religions to work together for peace.

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The Associated Press

Pope to see Syrian refugee crisis in Jordan

On the first leg of his three-day Mideast trip, Pope Francis will get a firsthand look at the plight of Syrian refugees and witness the toll the civil war next door is taking on Jordan.

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The Daily Beast

The Pope’s Risky Trip to the Holy Land

His published schedule says he is working on an interfaith dialogue agenda, with key visits to Jewish, Muslim and Christian spots and more than 30 engagements scheduled for his whirlwind three-day visit, which begins on Saturday in Jordan. (The Hashemite Kingdom has created a dedicated website for the short papal visit.) He will make what the Vatican describes as a “courtesy visit” to the King and Queen of Jordan before saying mass at the International Stadium in Amman. He will then meet with disabled Jordanians and Syrian refugees.

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Jordan Times

Royal Court prepares ‘smart functional’ media kit for reporters covering Pope visit

The Royal Court has prepared around 1,000 media portfolios that will be available for reporters at the media centre at the Royal Cultural Centre on Saturday as the country receives Pope Francis.  

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Jordan Times

Media centre open Friday to distribute badges for Pope visit

Media representatives who registered to cover Pope Francis’ visit started receiving their permits on Thursday, an official source said.

According to the media centre, set up to offer services to media personnel covering the Pope’s visit, journalists can head to the Royal Cultural Centre to get their badges all day long Friday.

The Royal Court has prepared ‘smart and functional media kits’ for reporters, whose number is expected to have exceeded 1,000,  coming from the four corners of the world. 

The Pope will lead a mass Saturday in Amman, meet with His Majesty King Abdullah and meet with vulnerable persons at the Baptism Site.

Reporters have access to the airport arrival, the mass and the Baptism Site activities.

The Holy Mass is expected to be attended by around 50,000 people from Jordan and the world.

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ZENIT

Pope Francis to Meet Refugees in Jordan

Amman-Based Pastor Explains Excitement as Plans Shape Up for Meeting at Spot Where Jesus Was Baptized

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The Vancouver Sun

Pope Francis has tea with king of Jordan, where he'll visit next month on Mideast pilgrimage

Pope Francis and King Abdullah II of Jordan held talks over tea at the Vatican with an eye to the pontiff's upcoming visit.

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Jordan News Agency-Petra

Pope to visit Jordan on May 24

 In response to an invitation by His Majesty King Abdullah II, Pope Francis I will pay an official visit to Jordan on May 24.

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Independent Online

Jordan hopes high for papal visit

Amman - Jordan, home to many Islamic and Christian holy sites, hopes a visit this month by Pope Francis will promote religious tourism and boost an industry hit hard by regional turmoil.

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The Wall Street Journal

Jordan Prepares for Pope Francis’ Visit

Jordan is gearing up for Pope Francis' visit next month, a trip that marks the 50-year anniversary of the first papal trip to the region.

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