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Pope to visit Jordan on May 24
Amman, Jan. 25 (Petra) -- In response to an invitation by His Majesty King Abdullah II, Pope Francis I will pay an official visit to Jordan on May 24.

The visit of the Pope, the first since his election as leader of the Catholic Church, is an important step towards enhancing fraternity and tolerance between Muslims and Christians as well as the message of peace called for by all monotheistic religions.

During his tour, which will also include Palestine and Israel, His Holiness will discuss with King Abdullah relations between Jordan and the Vatican as well as issues related to promoting fraternity and dialogue and Islamic-Christian coexistence, in addition to the latest developments in the Middle East.

Their Majesties, King Abdullah II and Queen Rania Al Abdullah, made an official visit to the Vatican last August during which they met with Pope Francis I.

The pontiff’s visit to the Kingdom is the fourth in half a century, starting with Pope Paul VI’s tour of Jordan and Palestine in 1964. The second visit to Jordan was by Pope John Paul II in 2000 while the third was by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.

//Petra// ON 5/1/2014 - 02:12:38 PM
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