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England and Wales Knights of the Holy Sepulchre on pilgrimage to the Holy Land

England and Wales Knights of the Holy Sepulchre on pilgrimage to the Holy Land

ChevaliersécossaisAMMAN – A delegation of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre from England and Wales on pilgrimage, arrived in the Holy Land and Jordan.  They came to learn about the reality of the local Church, its aspirations and difficulties.  During the first days of pilgrimage, they visited socio- educational centers of the Church.

Arriving in Jerusalem on October 28, the delegation first made a courtesy visit to the Latin Patriarchate, then to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre.  They went to Jordan later and visited Mount Nebo and the baptismal site of our Lord on the Jordan River.

In Amman, the delegation was received by the Patriarchal Vicar in Jordan, Bishop Maroun Lahham, who briefed them on the situation of Christians in Jordan and the reality of freedom, the political situation and its consequences affecting the region, especially with the mass exodus of Syrian refugees into Jordan.

Later in the Church of the Virgin of Nazareth in Sweifiyeh, Bishop Lahham presided over Mass concelebrated by the chaplain of the group, Fr John De Haan, and Father Rifat Bader, in the presence of members of delegation, and the local Knights in Jordan.  One of the Jordanian Knights, Said Sawalha hosted a reception in honor of the pilgrims at the Regency Hotel and warmly welcomed them.  The English Lieutenant, Dr. David Smith expressed the gratitude of the pilgrims for the reception.

The delegation will visit Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, including Mafraq and Zarka.  They will also meet with Caritas Jordan, for an overview of the services offered by this humanitarian agency  in alleviating the anguish of refugees, especially during the upcoming winter season.

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