1h. documentary for EWTN by Elisabetta Valgiusti
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a peaceful and tolerant country that represents a good and lasting reality of co-existence between Christians and Muslims in Middle East.
Jordan is a Biblical land and its Christendom is part of the Holy Land. The program travels through the most famous Jordanian sites like Mount Nebo, the Baptism site, the Dead Sea, up to Jerusalem and Palestine in order to highlight the common Christian link in this area.
In Jordan Moses viewed the promised land of Canaan before he died, here in the Jordan river Jesus Christ was baptized by St. John the Baptist and “the Spirit of God revealed himself and descended to alight upon Jesus as a dove”. St. John, the precursor of the Lord, the faithful witness, is the patron saint of Jordan. Many martyrs and saints of the Holy Land follow him till our times like Blessed Marie-Alphonsine and Blessed Mariam Bawardi.
The Holy Easter in Jordan is celebrated by the Catholics simultaneously with the Orthodoxs according to the Julian calendar as it was established by the Assembly of Bishops of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land.
The visit to the different communities is underlined by the comment of the most important Catholic leaders: H. B. Foad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, H.E. Maroun Laham, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan, H.E. William Shomali, Latin Auxiliary Bishop of Jerusalem.
The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem represents the majority of the original Jordanian Catholics, about 100.000 faithful. All the Christians number 3% of the population. The Melkite Catholic Church constitutes an historical important community that is growing as much as the Chaldean Church and the Syriac Catholic Church in consequence of the flux of the thousands of Christian refugees that keep escaping from Iraq and Syria.