Catholic pilgrims gather for annual shrine celebration

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AMMAN — The Catholic churches in the Kingdom celebrated the annual pilgrimage day to the designated shrine of the Virgin Mary, 'Our Lady of the Mountain,' in the town of Anjara, Ajloun. This site is considered one of the prominent destinations for pilgrimage on the map of Christian religious tourism in Jordan.اضافة اعلان

Hundreds of worshipers from various parts of the country participated in the ceremonial Mass led by the Deputy Latin Patriarch in Jordan, Bishop Jamal Dabees, and attended by Vatican Ambassador Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso, along with a number of priests, monks, nuns, and several church officials, as well as ambassadors from Australia, Argentina, and Chile, Addustour reported.

Welcoming the arrival of Bishop Dabees were Ajloun Governor Dr. Qublan Al-Sharif, Ajloun Police Director Colonel Wasfi Al-Azam, Member of Parliament Fares Haddad, along with local dignitaries from Anjara and Ajloun.

Bishop Dabees delivered the sermon on this festive occasion, conveying greetings and blessings from His Beatitude Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa in the Holy Land. He stated, 'From this holy place, the shrine of Our Lady of the Mountain in Anjara, we raise prayers and supplications to the Almighty God, seeking His continuous grace for our beloved Jordan, its progress, prosperity, and for its wise Hashemite leadership and its faithful and generous people. We pray especially for families, the elderly, the sick, and all those in need of prayers, as well as for peace among all nations and peoples.'

At the end of the religious celebration, Archbishop Giovanni Pietro Dal Toso delivered a speech expressing his joy in participating in the pilgrimage day to the shrine of Our Lady of the Mountain for the first time since his appointment as the Papal Nuncio to Jordan. He called upon everyone to pray for the sanctity of Pope Francis.

Father Joseph Francis, the Latin parish priest in Anjara and the head of the shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary, also delivered a word of gratitude on behalf of the clergy, nuns, and the faithful congregation who participated in the pilgrimage day. He expressed his thanks to Ajloun Governorate, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, the Tourism Promotion Board, and all the security agencies that contributed to the preparations, along with the scouting groups and choirs in Anjara for their role in commemorating this annual tradition.

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