ASIA/JORDAN - First Solemn Mass of Nuncio Dal Toso in Amman

Tuesday, 28 March 2023 middle east   diplomacy   diplomatic relations

Amman (Agenzia Fides) - On the evening of Monday, March 27, in the Church of the Virgin of Nazareth in Amman, Archbishop Giampietro Dal Toso presided over the first solemn Eucharistic liturgy concelebrated in Jordan after his appointment as Apostolic Nuncio to the Hashemite Kingdom, which took place on January 21st. Archbishop Dal Toso presented his credentials to King Abdullah II of Jordan on March 8. Msgr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, participated in the Eucharistic celebration - reports the information site - among others.
During the concelebration,
Archbishop Dal Toso expressed his gratitude for his appointment as Apostolic Nuncio in Jordan, where for the first time there is a "resident" Apostolic Nuncio, a sign of closeness and interest of the Holy See and of Pope Francis for the Hashemite Kingdom. The Archbishop then expressed his thanks for the warm welcome from all, starting with His Majesty King Abdullah II.
During his homily, Archbishop dal Toso underlined the peculiarity of the Churches of the Holy Land. "They - he recalled - draw their faith directly from the earthly life of Christ the Lord, who became flesh, lived and left traces of his earthly life in this Holy Land, just think of the place of baptism, which is a few kilometers from here, and it reminds us of our baptism, the gift of eternal life". The Church in this country feels called to bear witness to love, to seek peace and reconciliation among men, and calls them to that desire for life which is rooted in the depths of their hearts and shared by all", added the new Nuncio .
At the conclusion of the celebration, Archbishop Dal Toso also presented his credentials to Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who in turn delivered a welcome speech on behalf of the local Churches, assuring the new Nuncio prayers, support and collaboration in his new mission. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 28/3/2023)