Photo credit: Petra, via the Anglican Communion News Service
The Jordan Times and the Anglican Communion News Service both reported on today’s meeting of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Anglican Primates from around the world with King Abdullah II of Jordan. The king received the primates at Bethany beyond the Jordan, believed to be the site of Jesus’ baptism.
The Jordan Times reports:
King Abdullah stressed Jordan’s commitment to its historical and religious role in safeguarding Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem, in line with the Hashemite Custodianship, according to a Royal Court statement.
His Majesty underscored the importance of countering any attempts that may alter the historical and legal status quo of the holy city or harm its identity.
Jordan’s role in enhancing interfaith dialogue, tolerance and fellowship was highlighted, with the King stressing that Christians are an integral part of the region’s fabric.
Archbishop Welby expressed his appreciation for His Majesty’s efforts in pursuit of peace and stability in the region, and in promoting interfaith dialogue and tolerance.
He underscored the importance of the Hashemite Custodianship of holy sites in Jerusalem, commending the King’s efforts to safeguard them and maintain the Christian presence in the holy land and the region.
Archbishop Welby also lauded Jordan’s efforts, led by His Majesty, in hosting refugees, describing the Kingdom as a true model to follow.
The Anglican Communion News Service added:
Archbishop Justin said it was “a great honour” to be received in audience by King Abdullah. He explained that the Primates had been discussing the forthcoming Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops, and said: “We are looking at issues of climate change, very relevant here in the Jordan valley and around the shrinking Dead Sea. We are seeking to see how to support peace in this region, grateful for the examples of yourself and this Kingdom.
“We seek to raise the awareness of the issues of refugees and migrants globally, where Jordan sets an example to the world. We are especially concerned about the plight of Christians in this region and other numerous areas where they suffer. Jordan is a shining example of good practice, where Muslims and Christians practice their faith freely and without fear.
The country of Jordan is part of the Anglican / Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem which, Archbishop Justin said, “under the leader of its Archbishop, His Grace Archbishop Suheil Dawani, is heavily involved in building peace, and in the long-term work of education and health. It has hospitals and clinics across the area, including in Gaza, and more than a dozen schools, including schools for the deaf, blind and those with special educational needs. This action on health and education is a best example, and typical of Anglican ministry in all its Provinces.”
The meeting was joined by several other regional religious leaders, members of the king’s cabinet, as well as the British ambassador to Jordan, according to the Jordan Times. This year’s Primates Meeting is hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.