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Catholics celebrate Epiphany, coexistence of faiths at Baptism Site

By JT - Jan 09,2016 - Last updated at Jan 09,2016

Catholic pilgrims mark Epiphany at the Baptism Site, some 40km west of Amman, on Friday (Photo by Hassan Tamimi)

AMMAN — Catholic churches in the Kingdom on Friday marked Epiphany in a ceremony at the Baptism Site, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Deputising for His Majesty King Abdullah, Tourism Minister Nayef Al Fayez attended the Epiphany celebration (known to Greek Orthodox Christians as Theophany), which included a mass led by Latin Patriarch of the Holy Land and Jordan Fouad Twal. 

Epiphany marks the revelation of Jesus Christ as the son of God through his baptism and the beginning of his public ministry, according to Christian beliefs.

Fayez said the celebration reflects the coexistence of different religions and sects in the Kingdom.

During the mass, Twal urged Christians around the world to visit the Baptism Site, where Jesus Christ was baptised by John the Baptist, and highlighted Jordan, many religious and archaeological landmarks. 

He praised all institutions and directorates in the Kingdom that work to preserve the country’s stability and security and its status as a role model of peaceful coexistence. 

The ceremony included a press conference held by Fayez and Twal, at which the patriarch commended the intensified efforts of the Royal Commission for the Baptism Site, headed by HRH Prince Ghazi, and the Jordan Tourism Board. 

In 2002, Christians commemorated the baptism of Christ at this site for the first time since its discovery in 1997, after the area was demilitarised following the 1994 peace treaty with Israel. 

Since then, thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world annually have marked Epiphany at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, some 40km west of Amman.


In 2015, the site was the fifth from Jordan to be inscribed in UNESCO’s World heritage List, after Petra, Quseir Amra, Um Al Rassas and Wadi Rum.

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