Jordan : Lottery benefits Our Lady of Mount home in Anjara

AMMAN – On Tuesday, June 20, Our Lady of the Visitation parish organized the grand raffle draw for the benefit of Our Lady of the Mount home.

In front of the Church of Our Lady of Peace Center, the faithful from various towns specially came that evening to attend the big draw for Our Lady of the Mount. Fadhi who is originally from Madaba sold 500 tickets to family and friends and carefully checked all the numbers drawn. Four young people were in charge of rotating the large spinning wheel where the tickets of the lucky winners were drawn from under the watchful eye of four observers.  The lucky winner of the grand prize, a 2017 Toyota Corolla, was Fozy Samarneh.

At the initiative of Father Hugo and the parishioners, this lottery, which raised 40,000 JD, will help Our Lady of Mount home. In this region marked by poverty, children with disability are welcomed at Our Lady of the Mount home to a family setting, supervised by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and other volunteers. This is a project being carried out by the Latin Patriarchate in collaboration with other associations, and will also rely on the help of new benefactors for its completion.

Claire Guigou

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Caritas Jordan, French Embassy sign agreement in support of Iraqi refugees

French Ambassador in Jordan David Bertolotti and representative of Caritas Jordan for Iraqi Refugees Wael Suleiman signed an agreement, on Tuesday, June 13, valid for one year with an amount of 250,000 euros. The agreement is designed to support the training and vocational integration programme of Iraqi refugees, most of whom fled Iraq in 2014 and are currently living in Madaba and Karak.

The signing ceremony, which took place at the residence of the French ambassador, was attended by acting nuncio of the Holy See in Amman Monsignor Roberto Cona, Director of the Catholic Center for Studies and Media in Jordan Fr. Rif’at Bader, parish priest of the Karak Roman Catholic Church Fr. Boulos Baqa’in, and a number of Caritas Jordan senior officials.

The French Ambassador referred to the final recommendations of the joint Jordanian-French conference which was held in Paris on September 8, 2015, on the victims of religious and ethnic violence in the Middle East, where the participants expressed their readiness to work for the protection of the diverse cultural, religious and heritage which is invaluable for the region and the entire humanity. He stressed that France “remains committed to respecting the freedom of opinion and belief, including religious freedom as well as religious diversity in the Middle East, and it will continue to do so.”

This Caritas project falls within this framework as it is financed by a French Foreign Ministry fund which was launched at the Paris Conference and is designed to support the victims of ethnic and religious violence in the Middle East. A follow-up conference was held in Madrid on May 24, 2017 to underline the international community’s support for cultural diversity in the Middle East. The fund is intended to enable all peoples of the region to live in their countries safely and enjoy full citizenship.

For his part, Caritas Jordan Director Wael Suleiman expressed his appreciation for the French support which reflects the distinguished relations between Jordan and the two friendly peoples. He stressed its importance bettering the life of Iraqis and the local communities in Karak and Madaba. He noted that a school will be established in Karak this year designed to teach handicrafts to Iraqi refugees and members of the local community.

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Jordan: Parishioners raise funds for restoration of Our Lady of Grace Church in Fuheis

FUHEIS – Last May, parishioners of Our Lady of Grace in Fuheis inaugurated their newly refurbished Church after two weeks of renovation work. The necessary funds for this project were entirely collected by the parishioners

On this morning of June, Father Imad Alamat is pleased  to show us around the recently renovated church. Part of the roof, the insulation, light and water systems were repaired and the painting were redone. To complete this project, the parishioners raised 35,000 euros. “It was a parish project close to our heart and we wanted to do this together,” explains Father Alamat.

The city of Fuheis has two Latin churches and two Patriarchate schools.  It is known for its almost entirely Christian population. Out of 10,000 inhabitants, 95% are Christians (Latin and Orthodox).  These Christians originally came from the neighboring village of Salt, and settled in Fuheis in the 19th century.  The first church, completed in 1906, is today transformed into a parish hall, a testimony  to its historical roots.

Every year, the vitality of the city and the Church certainly attracts new families. Taking advantage of this development, Father Alamat, the Sisters and the faithful developed a rich pastoral program. Among the many ongoing initiatives is the two-year “volunteer” training program launched by the parish for young people to raise awareness of the service of the Church in all its forms. A long-term training that is very successful.


Claire Guigou