Dear Friends,

Below is an article published in the Jordan Times on Sunday the 9th of
April. This article reflects the Pope's visit and the ties between Jordan
and the Vatican.

Christian-Muslim Council says Pope's visit reflects growing ties between Jordan and Vatican
April 9, 2000

AMMAN (J.T.) The Higher Christian-Muslim Council in Jordan issued a
statement on Friday describing His Holiness Pope John Paul II's visit to
Jordan last month as a historic event that yielded positive results on all
The council, whose members are prominent clerics and laymen from both
faiths, including representatives of all Christian sects in Jordan, said the
Pope's addresses and remarks made at the Kingdom's religious and historic
sites reflected positively on Jordan-Vatican relations and contributed
greatly to enhancing Christian-Muslim relations in the region.

According to the statement, the welcome the Pontiff received from Their
Majesties King Abdullah and Queen Rania and the entire Jordanian family of
different faiths, is a demonstration of the growing relationship between
Jordan and the Vatican.

While in Jordan, Pope John Paul II visited Mount Nebo and the baptism site
in Wadi Kharrar, as part of his life-long yearning to make a pilgrimage to
the Holy Land.

The pontiff also visited Christian holy sites in the Palestinian self-rule
areas and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Arab east Jerusalem.

The statement underlined the importance of the Pope's visit to the Holy Land
and its positive impact on common Arab causes, including the question of
Arab east Jerusalem and the rights of the Palestinian people.

The council said it would prepare a draft declaration reaffirming the views
of its Christian and Muslim members concerning a just and durable solution
to the issue of Arab Jerusalem as an integral part of the occupied Arab
territories of Palestine and the legitimate capital of the Palestinian
people's independent state on Palestinian soil.

The council said the declaration will reaffirm the Islamic-Christian
religious co-existence in the holy city and in Jordan.

Hope it was of interest to you all

Lama Sidawi