Jordanian daily: Jordanians affectionately greet Pope Francis,the messenger of truth

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:57

Jordanians, inspired by the genuine welcoming wordings of their Monarch Abdullah II, of their official representatives and of different Christians entities operating in Jordan and motivated by the friendly and rewarding relationship between Jordan and the Holy See, rejoice to have the privilege of hosting for the fourth time the head of the Holy See, the Messenger of Truth and the guardian of St. Peter’s legacy.

In Holy Land, Pope Francis will focus on unity, not ignore conflict

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 14:21

On Pope Francis' first trip to the Holy Land, May 24-26, his agenda will focus on the search for Christian unity, particularly between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. But inevitably, in a region so rich in history and so fraught with conflict, he will address other urgent issues, including dialogue with Jews and Muslims, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the plight of the Middle East's shrinking Christian population.

Christian Arabs can serve as a bridge between East, West, observers say

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:47

The significance of where Jesus was believed to be baptized on the banks of the Jordan River beginning his public ministry is not lost on Arab Christians, deeply aware of their rich religious and cultural heritage.

Indeed, their Middle Eastern ancestors are counted among the world's earliest Christians and the guardians of the faith throughout the ages.

Francis’ visit to Holy Land will be “brief and intense”, as Paul VI’s was

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 05/16/2014 - 21:45

The Pope’s visit to the Holy Land (24-26 May) will be “very brief and very intense” as Paul VI’s visit was back in 1964. Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, confirmed this at a press conference, explaining that this was the reason why some parts of the trip which tend to be included in papal visits have been left out. Fr. Lombardi outlined some things which Francis and Paul VI’s visits have in common. Starting with the duration of the visit: 3 days.

The Middle East's Christians and “the Jordanian option”

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 05/11/2014 - 20:35

There are just two weeks to go before Pope Francis’ arrival and the streets of Amman are already brimming with revelatory zeal: on what is going to be Francis’ fourth trip to the Holy Land, his visit to the Hashemite Kingdom is certainly not going to be a mere gesture of politeness, for the sake of following protocol. For King Abdullah II, the Argentinian Successor of Peter’s visit is going to be an event of key importance that will allow him to reaffirm the positive and strategic role Jordan intends to play in the Middle East, a region bloodied by sectarian conflicts.

New study shows Man of the Shroud had “dislocated” arms

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 05/08/2014 - 13:57

Four university professors have published an article in “Injury” magazine revealing that the Crucified Man that was wrapped in the Turin Shroud suffered a dislocation of the humerus, the paralysis of one arm and a violent trauma to the neck and chest. There are also traces of a double wrist-nailing.

The Man of the Shroud “underwent an under glenoidal dislocation of the humerus on the right side and lowering of the shoulder, and has a flattened hand and enophthalmos; conditions that have not been described before, despite several studies on the subject.