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Arab Christians integral to region, King reiterates

His Majesty receives apostolic administrator of Patriarchate of Jerusalem

By JT - Oct 19,2016 - Last updated at Oct 19,2016

His Majesty King Abdullah holds talks with Pierre Batista Pizzaballa, the apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in Amman on Wednesday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)

AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Wednesday received Pierre Batista Pizzaballa, who was appointed by Pope Francis as apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. 

During the meeting at Al Husseiniya Palace, the King said Arab Christians are a main component of the region, adding to its diversity.

His Majesty highlighted Arab Christians’ role and contributions in safeguarding holy sites in Jerusalem, a Royal Court statement said.

Therefore, King Abdullah highlighted the importance of sustaining dialogue among followers of different religions to boost the values of tolerance and harmonious living, commending the efforts of Pope Francis in the field. 

The King also highlighted the “unique case” of coexistence in Jordan, which boasts a number of Christian pilgrimage sites of religious and historical importance. 

He also praised the efforts that went into renovating the church on Mount Nebo, which is a major site for religious tourism in Jordan.

Pizzaballa commended His Majesty’s efforts in boosting global peace and stability, and promoting dialogue, tolerance and respect among nations. 

He said Jordan represents an “advanced model” of coexistence.


HRH Prince Ghazi, the King’s personal envoy and adviser for religious and cultural affairs, Royal Court Chief Fayez Tarawneh, King’s Office Director Jafar Hassan, Catholic Bishop of Jordan Maroun Lahham, and Father George Ayoub attended the meeting, the statement said.

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