MABDA Report 26/05/2014

Pope Francis arrives in Amman

Pope Francis arrived in Amman at the start of a papal visit to Jordan, in response to an invitation from His Majesty King Abdullah II.

Upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport, the pontiff was received by HRH Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed, King's Special Envoy and Senior Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs beside other officials.

Pope Francis Concludes His Visit to Jordan, Calls for a Peaceful Resolution to Syria’s Crisis

Pope Francis concluded the first part of his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. His next stop will be at Bethlehem where He is scheduled to hold the Sunday Mass at the Manger Square. The 20-hour visit to Jordan left no doubt of His Holiness call for Peace, Love and Forgiveness.

The Pope arrived to the Latin Church at the Baptism site in a silver Toyota Camry . King Abdullah II, Queen Rania and HRH Crown Prince Hussein welcomed the Pope at the Baptism site, and accompanied Him to Bethany beyond the Jordan where Jesus was baptized. His Holiness made another stop at the River Jordan and prayed in silence.

Christian and Muslim leaders condemn Jos bombings

After bombings on 21 May in the northern Nigerian city of Jos, in which more than one-hundred people have been killed, “heart-felt sorrow and condolences” have been expressed in a joint statement by Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, chairman of the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought (RABIIT).

“We strongly condemn the recent bombings in Jos, Nigeria. The location and timing of the bombings clearly were designed to cause indiscriminate and widespread casualties among passers-by, and among rescue workers who were coming to their aid,” read the statement.

Nigeria Muslims Pray for Peace

Bewildered with the recent Boko Haram and bombing attacks, Nigeria’s Sultan of Sokoto has invited prominent Muslims leaders from across the country to a national day of prayer for peace and to overcome security challenges.

The "National Muslims Prayers for Peace and Security in Nigeria" aims to help the country in "overcoming the current security challenges facing the country" a statement printed in several national newspapers said.