Pope Francisco's speech to authorities of Jordan (text and video)
In his message before King Abdullah II of Jordan, Pope Francisco noted that "it is necessary and urgent to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, as well a just solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians." He also expressed a special wish for peace and prosperity to the Kingdom of Jordan and its people, hoping that this visit will help enhance and promote good and cordial relations between Christians and Muslims.
The Pope Francisco arrived in Jordan, the city of Amman, at 13.03 hours that country (Argentina time 7.03) in his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The Alitalia plane (the A321 `Piazza Duomo, Lecce`) in which Francisco moved arrived at Queen Alia Amman, where the Pope was received by national authorities airport, the local church hierarchy and a guard of honor before transferred to the Royal Palace Al Husseini, the royal palace.
Full text of the message of Francis: I thank God for allowing me to visit the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in the footsteps of my predecessors Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and I thank His Majesty King Abdullah II for his kind words of welcome with the living memory of our recent meeting at the Vatican. I extend my greetings to the members of the Royal Family, the Government and People of Jordan, a land rich in history and religious significance for Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
This Country generously hosts a large number of Palestinians’ refugees, Iraqis and other crisis areas, especially in neighboring Syria, destroyed by a conflict that is taking too long. This host deserves recognition and support of the international community. The Catholic Church, within their means, want to engage in assisting refugees and needy, especially through Caritas Jordan.
While I note with pain that remains strong tensions in the Middle Eastern region, I thank the British authorities everything they do and I encourage you to continue to strive to achieve the much desired lasting peace throughout the region; for this is urgently necessary to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, and a just solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.
Take this opportunity to renew my deep respect and consideration for the Muslim community, and express my appreciation for the leadership that His Majesty the King has taken to promote a more adequate understanding of the virtues proclaimed by Islam and the peaceful coexistence between the followers of different religions.
(To the King of Jordan) You are known as a man of peace, peacemaker, Thanks!
I express my gratitude to Jordan for having encouraged several important initiatives for interfaith dialogue to promote understanding between Jews, Christians and Muslims, as the "Amman Interfaith Message," and for having promoted within the annual UN of "Harmony Week between Religions".
I would now like to address a greeting full of affection for the Christian communities present in the country since apostolic times, contribute to the common good of the society in which they are fully inserted.
Despite being today numerically minority, have the possibility of developing a qualified and recognized work in the education and health care, through schools and hospitals, and may profess with confidence their faith, respecting religious freedom, which is a fundamental human right and I hope it is firmly held in high regard throughout the Middle East and around the world.
This right "shall encompass both individual and collective freedom to follow one's conscience in religious matters as religious freedom ... freedom to choose a religion that believes true and publicly express one's belief." Christians feel and are full citizens who wish to contribute to the building society with their Muslim fellow citizens, with their specific contribution.
I run finally a special wish for peace and prosperity to the Kingdom of Jordan and its people, hoping that this visit will help enhance and promote good and cordial relations between Christians and Muslims.
Thank you for your hospitality and kindness. May the Almighty and merciful God grant Your Majesties happiness and long life, and fill his blessings to Jordan.Salam!
traslation: Belén Zapata