La première librairie catholique de Jordanie s’apprête à ouvrir ses portes au cœur d’Amman

AMMAN- Since November 2016, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has undertaken work in the parish of St. Joseph in creating the first Catholic bookstore of the Hashemite Kingdom, called “Shabibé Bookstore” or “Youth Bookstore”. Its inauguration is scheduled for May.

A project inspired by Jordanian Young Catholic Students (YCS)

It was during the annual Youth Conference of Jordan Catholic Students (YCS) in 2010 that the idea of a Catholic bookstore germinated. The goal: to meet the needs experienced by young Jordanians to form and deepen the foundations of their faith. The project first emerged in 2011, with the launch of an online bookstore ( In order to awaken even the youngest to the Faith, the YCS also created a DVD collection dedicated to the foundations of the Catholic faith, inspired by the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

Given the success of this initiative, the Office of Projects Development of the Latin Patriarchate  decided to develop within the parish of Saint Joseph a physical shop that is also a meeting place for the faithful.

The inauguration scheduled for late May

The bookstore, which will open in May 2017, will offer more than 11,000 titles, including Bibles, lives of saints, and many more theological works. “Today, it is still very difficult to obtain religious books in Jordan. This project meets a vital need for the Catholic community,” says Father Wisam, parish priest of Saint Joseph. For the launching of the store, Father Wisam can count on the dedication of the parish faithful, like Maher, an Iraqi refugee hosted with his family in the parish.

If the main beneficiaries of this project are Catholics, the library wants to be open to everyone, Christian or not. A great initiative that will perhaps appeal to others!

Claire Guigou and Remy Brun


Real Madrid Visits Latin Patriarchate School in Madaba

JORDAN – David Gil Chapado, the responsible of football training courses in the International Department at the Real Madrid Foundation has visited Latin Patriarchate School in Madaba last week.

The visit included sports training courses for all the coaches participating in the Joint Social Sport Schools Program between Real Madrid Foundation and the LPJ. Coaches from different Latin Patriarchate schools in Jordan were invited also to participate in the course out of the interest of knowledge for future incorporations.

The training course included several sports, education and social activities for the coaches in order to ensure that the activities with the participating students are performed correctly and that the school’s training classes will run smoothly with sufficiently qualified trainees and coaches. During the course, David has provided the coaches with the necessary teaching materials to facilitate the training classes with the students participating in the program.

Fr. Imad Twal, the General administrator of the LPJ and Areen Touma, the project coordinator from the Project Development Office in Jerusalem have visited the site during the training sessions with the support of Mr. Firas Shweihat, the school principal of Latin Patriarchate School in Madaba, who has accompanied the team for the whole time during their visit.


Our Lady of Peace Center’s Department of Splints and Orthotics


JORDAN – Our Lady of Peace Center OLOPC is owned by the Latin Patriarchate Amman – Jordan institute that provides free services to people with a variety of disabilities such as, intellectual disability, impaired mobility, hearing impairment, bipolar and down syndrome. The center also plays a major role in raising awareness in society in regards to people with disabilities and how to cooperate with them.

The idea of establishing the Department of Splints and Orthotics in Our Lady of Peace Center, jointly with the Italian Cooperation University (ICU) funded by the Italian Development Agency, aims to strengthen the response of the Jordanian health system that got affected because of the rising numbers of refugees who flocked from Syria, mainly focusing on providing services in orthotics and bone deformities.

The new project addresses the needs of Syrian refugees and Jordanians who are less fortunate and have physical disabilities. The project mainly focuses on amputees and kids with cerebral palsy who are considered the most disadvantaged and marginalized groups. The project provides splints and orthotics in addition to rehabilitation services for needy people.

The first year of the project was titled “100 Feet to Walk towards Peace” with the support of the Italian Cooperation University (ICU) in 2015. In that year, 57 lower limb amputees received artificial limbs that were made with high level of vocational professionalism. A training course was given to natural therapy technicians in order to use the right techniques in natural therapy for lower limbs amputation cases.

The second year of the project in 2016, was in partnership with the ICU, as well. Entitled “Out of Shadow,” different governates in Jordan were listed for participation, such as, Irbid, Zarqa and Ajloun. During the project’s second year, 398 beneficiaries received artificial lower limbs, splints (casts) and orthotics, medical shoes, moving aids, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

For the third year, rehabilitation training courses were provided to technicians to raise efficiency in providing services in this field. Our Lady of Peace Center and the ICU are working hand in hand in order to create innovative help for the kids under the age of six with physical and mental disability; 50 kids were trained on drawing under the supervision of a specialist from Mariam center of art education. Towards the end of the training course, an art gallery was set up on to display the kids’ accomplishments.

By the third year, an agreement was signed with Asia Center of Training and Consulting in Amman in order to train the staff at OLOPC; this agreement lasted for nine months, until January 2017. In addition to that, four prosthetic and artificial limb technicians from Syria are being trained to be professionals in the field of artificial limbs who hope to use their expertise once they go back to their homeland.


Latin Patriarchate concludes Rehabilitation Works at the Rosary Sisters Convent in Madaba


MADABA- The nun’s convent in Madaba was not considered a suitable living place for its residents, and does not comply with the minimum health and safety standards. The bathroom and the rooms were very small, old and deteriorated. The old kitchen was not functional, lacking very basic items considered essential for eating or living in this house. The place needed rehabilitation in order to create a healthy and good environment for the sisters’ community living there. (more…)

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem launches new workshop called “The Living Mosaic”

JORDAN – As an initiative to support the Iraqi and Syrian Refugees in Jordan, the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem launched a new workshop called “The Living Mosaic”. This workshop includes a training course to teach the refugees how to design and craft mosaics in different styles using classic tools, such as hammers and hardies. The workshop will take place in Madaba since it is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and its historical connection to ancient art.

The workshop will benefit the refugees in many aspects of life: first, it will create job opportunities for them since they will earn 10 JOD per day to cover their living expenses and will be able to sell their art pieces to other people and institutions. Secondly, the workshop will help the refugees to spend their free time in learning new aptitudes and developing new skills in the art of mosaics. This will help the refugees to occupy their free time during their stay in Jordan, as well as to prepare them for their future challenges in another country, after their departure from Jordan.

The Latin Patriarchate will help in sponsoring all the raw materials that will be used in the workshops like: mosaic stones, glues, wooden tires, adhesives, frames and painting colors. The first round of the workshop will benefit 7 refugee families and will require a one-month training time from starting date, aiming to launch another workshop that will last for 2 months and benefit 10 families.

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