In addition to visiting Israel, it has been announced by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, that Pope Francis will also visit the Kingdom of Jordan on his trip to the Middle East. There has been no official announcement yet as to the dates, but as previously reported it is likely to be in the time frame of May 25th-26th. We have asked the Petra News Agency for confirmation.
Jordan is held up as an example of Christians and Muslims living in relative harmony with one another…..certainly a rarity in this part of the world. Not that all is well here certainly, but compared to most other countries in the region it is fairly stable.
If the trip does take place, it is likely that we will pay a visit to a refugee camp for Syrians who have fled the war in their country and temporarily reside in Jordan. This would certainly be in keeping with his style of ministering to the most neglected and marginalized among us.
On Monday, December 2nd, Pope Francis will be meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Rome and the subject is bound to come up.