Pope Francis is the coolest pope we’ve got in years and he’s coming to the Middle East in May for a 3-day visit mainly to Amman in Jordan and Bethlehem. Despite rumors that he might stop by Lebanon, reports are confirming he won’t be passing by. If everything goes as planned, I will be in Jordan on May 24th and will maybe get a chance to see him live.
Pope Francis will be meeting with His Majesty King Abdullah II and other Jordanian officials on the 24th of May before heading to Amman International Stadium to give a mass sermon open to the public. Afterwards, His Holiness will head to the Baptism Site before meeting with a few sick and disabled people and Iraqi and Syrian refugees.
“His Holiness’ visit to the Kingdom not only underlines Jordan’s religious significance for Christian pilgrims, it reiterates the message we’re sharing with guests of Jordan about the coexistence in the diverse cultures and faiths around Jordan that is reflected in our varied historical and religious sites spanning millennia, civilizations and religions,” said Dr. Abed Al Razzaq Arabiyat, Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board. Director General of the Baptism Site Commission Mr. Dia Madani said “His Holiness Pope Francis I has come to the holy site of Jesus’ Baptism to be blessed by the waters of the Jordan River and bless his disabled and refugee guests in the same waters where Jesus Christ was baptized.”