MABDA Report 01/06/2014

Heads, representatives of Orthodox churches make pilgrimage to Baptism Site

Deputizing for His Majesty King Abdullah II, HRH Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed, the King's Chief Adviser for Religious and Cultural Affairs Rights and Personal Envoy, accompanied heads and representatives of Orthodox Churches from around the world in their historic pilgrimage to the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ and to pray for peace in the region and the world , Petra News Agency.

Patriarch of the Holy City, Theophilos III, paid tribute to the "Umar's Assurance" between Caliph Umar ibn al-Khattab and Patriarch Sophronius, stressing that this relationship is still ongoing and is reflected on the ground in Jordan.

Turks Pray for Aya Sofia Mosque Reopening

Tens of thousands of Turkish Muslims have gathered on Saturday dawn to pray outside historic Aya Sofia mosque, urging Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to reopen the museum to serve as a Muslim worshipping house.

“This is a serious push to break Ayasofya's chains,” Salih Turan, head of the Anatolia Youth Association, which has collected 15 million signatures to petition for it to be turned back into a mosque, told Reuters.

Prince Hassan meets head of Chaldean Catholic Church

 His Royal Highness Prince Al Hassan Bin Talal, the president of the Arab Thought Forum and the Royal Institute for Inter-faith Studies received on Wednesday Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon and the Head of the Chaldean Catholic Church and the accompanying delegation.

Prince Hassan and the patriarch reviewed the importance of interfaith dialogue as well as of rejecting violence through enhancing the concept of citizenship.