Amman – On Saturday, July 15th, the Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle visited the Our Lady of Peace Center. During this visit, the Cardinal went to meet the Iraqi refugees who work at the Center and then celebrated a Mass in the presence of the Philippine Community of Jordan.
As part of his visit to Jordan, Caritas President Cardinal Tagle stopped at the Center of Our Lady of Peace to meet Iraqi refugees working at the “Garden of Mercy”, a project wanted and launched by the Pope Francis during his 2014 visit to Jordan, and managed by the Caritas Jordan. The project provides work and income for Iraqi families. He was accompanied by the President of Caritas Jordan, Mr. Wael Suleiman. The Cardinal was thus able to dialogue with those Iraqis who had fled their country in the face of Daesh’s (IS) advance and who hailed mostly from the Nineveh plain. In addition to the encounter with the Iraqis, the cardinal was able to measure the progress of the “Garden of Mercy” project and visit the various workshops where furniture, medicinal plants and soaps are made.
At the end of the visit, the Cardinal celebrated Mass in the Church of the Center of Our Lady of Peace, the Church of the Good Shepherd, with Patriarch Emeritus of Jerusalem, Msgr. Fouad Twal, and the two bishops Emeritus of the Vicariate of Jordan, Msgr. Maroun Lahham and Monsignor Salim Sayegh and Father Gerald, chaplain of the Philippine community in Jordan. This Mass was animated and prepared by the members of the Philippine community, who came in large numbers on the occasion of the Cardinal’s visit.
During his sermon, the Cardinal thanked the Caritas Jordan workers for their fraternal engagement with the Iraqi refugees and for the hospitality of the Filipino community, by emphasizing the universal face of the Church, in the image of the assembly of that day. Archbishop Fouad Twal was also warmly thanked for his contribution and commitment to the Filipino community in Jordan.
After the Mass, a fraternal meal was shared with Iraqi refugees and members of the Filipino community in the central garden.