The Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo reopened

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The Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo reopened

Madaba-The Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan

His Eminence Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, special envoy of Pope Francis and Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches opened on Saturday, October 15, the Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo, located to the southwestern part of the capital, Amman, after having been renovated.

Present at the official ceremony were Minister of Tourism Lina Annab, Apostolic Nuncio to Jordan Monsignor Alberto Ortega Martin, Custos of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Patton, Governor of Madaba Mahmoud Smeirat, Madaba Mayor Mustafa Ma'aya, in addition to a number of religious, civil and diplomatic figures.

In his address, Cardinal Sandri said that the reopening of this Memorial Sanctuary of Moses on Mount Nebo serves as a crossroads of dialogue and encounter for the three great monotheistic religions, all of which were born in this beloved Middle East.

Cardinal Sandri pointed out that "we are all called upon, particularly in these difficult times, to make our own daily exodus from the false certainties that make us slaves of selfishness and divisions."

He added: "We must set out towards a newfound freedom, in a concrete and fraternal solidarity with our neighbors, whoever they may be, especially the poor and suffering. This process demands a profound faith in God, who can never be invoked to cause terror and violence."

Expressing sorrow for the looting and destruction of the treasures of this region, he said: "At a time when many treasures of the civil and religious history of the peoples of this region are being looted or destroyed, as happened, sadly, at the tomb of the prophet Jonah, we wish to reaffirm here together the invaluable role of culture and art. They express the nobility of the soul of man of every age. Let us endeavor to commit ourselves to its preservation, especially when it expresses the tending of the human heart towards the Absolute. Through religious art, men both celebrate their faith and leave a sign of it for future generations."

Concluding his address, Cardinal Sandri thanked the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for its hospitality of thousands of the refugees and the exiled from the suffering lands of Palestine, Syria and Iraq. He also called on the international community to commit itself to working towards attaining peace and justice among the peoples.

For his Part, Custos of the Holy Land Fr. Francesco Patton said: "We are gathered here, on the footsteps of our forefathers in the faith, together with many brothers and sisters who like them, and like us, along many centuries have walked and continue to journey on this land believing in the future plan of God, the future plan of peace and life for the entire human race."

He added: "I greet all of you with respect and gratitude, and in a particular way I want to remember His Majesty King Abdullah II, King of Jordan, and I thank with all my heart the authorities of the noble Kingdom of Jordan for the support and closeness they have shown towards our Franciscan presence and mission along the course of so many years. We are well aware of the value of this place for all those who live in this noble Land and of the affection of the entire nation for this place and for its cultural and religious significance.

He continued: "I recall to mind and greet in a special way our dear and beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis, who is here present in the person of His special Envoy, the Lord Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for Oriental Churches. A special thanks also go to the Italian government represented here by His Excellency Ambassador of Italy Giovanni Brauzzi for all the efforts exerted and financial support designed for the restoration of this beautiful archaeological site and of many others initiatives of the Custody of the Holy Land."

On her part, Annab stressed the importance of re-opening of this site, where the three religions meet, and which maintains memory of Prophet Moses.

Madaba Mayor welcomed, on behalf of Christians and Muslims in the city special envoy of the Pope Cardinal Leonardo Sandri. He stressed that the reopening the Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo is a sign of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan's security and stability.

Sun, 10/16/2016 - 14:10
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