FUHEIS, MADABA, HUSSON - After a long absence due to the pandemic, Mgr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, was able to make visits to Fuheis, Madaba and Husson during his stay in Jordan.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mgr Pizzaballa had been unable to visit this part of the diocese in person for more than two years. After celebrating a Holy Mass at the Baptism Site and blessing a new altar in Al-Karak, he thus took advantage of his stay in Jordan to make some visits, starting on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time with Fuheis. There, he was able to meet the parish priests and the faithful and share a time with them.
In Fuheis, the Latin Patriarchate is conducting a building project for the scouts, supported by the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. It also has a rectory and a church, which is called the church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. After meeting with the priests and parishioners, Mgr Pizzaballa celebrated the Mass, speaking in his homily about the wedding at Cana and the transformation of water into wine.
After Fuheis, Mgr Pizzaballa went to Husson, where he received a warm welcome from the scouts. He met with the entire community and spoke with them about the Synod and catechism in schools, highlighting how further work has to be done to improve the teaching of religion. He also expressed his wish to come more regularly to Jordan to visit his parishes and be closer to this part of the diocese. During the Mass, Fr. Ramez Deibes made a welcoming speech at the Immaculate Conception Church, and at the end, Mgr Pizzaballa was offered a representation of his coat of arms along with other gifts. He was then able to share a dinner with the sisters and the priests.
The visits of the parishes concluded in Madaba, where Mgr Pizzaballa visited the parish priest and the faithful, as well as the congregations established around the city, including the Little Family of the Annunciation. Afterward, the Patriarch presented the medal of the Golden Cross to the late Hanna Qunsul, in appreciation of his services to the Church. Born in 1948, Hanna Qunsul was a language teacher who taught Arabic at the Latin Patriarchate School of Madaba. He was also deeply involved in the cultural and religious promotion of the city, and was well-known by all the inhabitants. The ceremony, which took place on January 20, was held at St. John the Baptist Church and was attended by Mr. Qunsul's wife and family, as well as members of the parish council.
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