JORDAN – On Monday, June 5, many Christian and Muslim families gathered at Our Lady of Peace Center for the traditional annual meal, breaking the Ramadan feast. Established for over ten years at the initiative of the Church, this event helps to strengthen Muslim-Christian dialogue.
The Iftar meal was held at Our Lady of Peace Center at the initiative of the Center which hosted about 500 people. It was attended by numerous prominent religious and political leaders, both Christian and Muslim, including Patriarch Emeritus Fouad Twal, Bishop William Shomali, Vicar in Jordan, Bishop Emeritus Selim Sayegh, Mr. Nabil Ayoub, President of the American University of Madaba, Mr. Abdul Halim Daradkeh who represented Prince Mir’ed Bin Ra’d, and representatives of local NGOs. Also present were many families, benefactors, employees oftOur Lady of Peace Center, and people cared for at the Center.
In his welcome address, Father Shawki Baterian, Director of the Center, highlighted that the excellent relations between Christians and Muslims in Jordan contributed to make this country a “model of goodness and co-existence”.
He particularly mentioned the very positive work carried out by the Committee of Our Lady of Peace Center, composed of both Christians and Muslims, through dialogue and a common vision developed and shared by all, including awareness and care for the disabled and the most vulnerable in society.
Our Lady of Peace Center is owned by the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. It is the only center in Jordan that welcomes and provides free care for disabled children in a country where the reality of disability remains largely undervalued.