Daily Archives: May 10, 2009

Drive-by at the Jordan River

AMMAN, Jordan — It sounded like a photographer’s dream: Pope Benedict was to pay a personal visit to the presumed site of Christ’s baptism at the Jordan River, standing above stone-rimmed pools uncovered by recent archeological excavations. The place had … Continue reading

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Force of 80,000 to provide papal security in Israel

JERUSALEM (CNS) — An 80,000-person security force will provide security for the pope while he is in Israel, said an Israeli police spokesman. On a daily basis there will be 30,000 police officers, undercover agents, and private security officers working, … Continue reading

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Patriarch’s greeting to pope at Mass in Amman

Here is the prepared text of  the greeting to Pope Benedict XVI by Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem at Mass this morning in Amman’s International Stadium. Amman has Catholics of many rites, but the Jerusalem patriarchate’s territory includes Latin-rite … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict’s talk at Bethany Beyond the Jordan

AMMAN, Jordan — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s talk this afternoon at the blessing of cornerstones for two churches at Bethany Beyond the Jordan:

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Mount Nebo: the wine

It was a nicely rounded red, with graceful hints of currant and some distinctly biblical overtones. Mount Nebo is renowned as the place where Moses glimpsed the Promised Land. We journalists following Pope Benedict’s Holy Land pilgrimage saw it as a stony highland … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict’s homily at Mass in Amman

AMMAN, Jordan — Here is the Vatican text of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily at Mass this morning in Amman’s International Stadium:

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