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Posted on Apr 30, 2012 in Diocese, News of diocese

Amman inaugurates its multimedia center

Amman inaugurates its multimedia center

AMMAN – Wednesday April 25, the Center of Catholic Studies and Formation for Media, Jordan, was officially inaugurated. The inauguration took place with the patronage of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem and in the presence of the Minister of State in charge of Media and Communication for Jordan.

The many invited deputy ministers, dignitaries, ambassadors of Arab countries, members of the Christian clergy and the Muslim world, officials and journalists from various media gathered yesterday evening at The Landmark Hotel in Amman for the inauguration ceremony of the Catholic Center and Training for the Media. They were also present the Nunciature in Amman and Father Boulos Rohana, Secretary General of the General Assembly of the Churches in the East. Father Ramsin El Haj, represented Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Bishop Boulos Matar represented the Maronite Patriarch Monsignor Bechara Raï.

This inauguration fits very well saddle trail of the seminar for the bishops of the Middle East which took place last week in Lebanon, dedicated to “the Communication as a tool for evangelization, dialog and peace in the Middle East”. The Center of studies and media respond clearly to the recommendations of the Synod for the Holy Land (2000) and to those of the Synod for the Middle East (2010) in the area of communications and information, as emphasized the Patriarch Fouad Twal in his speech.

“It is a gift that we want to offer to the Government of Jordan” delighted the Patriarch who sponsors the Center. He did not fail to thank Mr. Rakan El-Majali , Minister responsible for Media and Communication for the Kingdom. Patriarch Twal was happy recognizing that the Patriarchate for many years had been: “a pioneer in the fields of health and education”.  Today, the opening of this Center allows you to “recover the delays in communication and development of information technologies”.

The new center that has emerged thanks to the care of Father Rifat Bader (founder of the site abouna.org) wants to be “a sign of cooperation and partnership between all the components of Jordanian society”. It is necessary to state that this Center is an emanation of the Catholic Church and that “under the protection of the Patriarchate” does not in the least mean  “isolation”, but on the contrary, the sharing of universal and fundamental values such as human rights or the civil “good co-existence” between Christians and Muslims. At the moment in which the Arab world turns the page of the 20th century, Christians have a voice again. They are an essential part of their civilization and want to contribute to its progress. Pade Bader, during the ceremony, reviewed the features and utilities of the Center. The evening was also the occasion to celebrate the new look of the website abouna.org and present the new studio Noursat (a chain of Télélumière, Lebanon) in Jordan, which telecasts from Beirut. It should be noted for the occasion the presence of Archbishop Roland Abu Joudeh, President of the Council of Noursat and Mr. Jacques Classie, Director General of Noursat in Beirut. The Center for Catholic studies and media, also provide services to pilgrims and tourists who visit Jordan and its holy places.

Christophe Lafontaine

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