Hundreds mark Jesus baptism at historic Jordan site

Fri 11 Jan 2019 at 18:30 Regional

NNA - Hundreds of Catholic worshippers attended a special mass Friday on the banks of the Jordan River in an annual pilgrimage to the site where many believe Jesus was baptised.

Some 1,500 people attended the ceremony at the Church of Saint John the Baptist, an AFP photographer said, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the capital Amman.

The mass was led by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarch.

"By celebrating today in this holy place, the place of the baptism, we we are celebrating the presence of Jesus among us," said Pizzaballa, urging Christians worldwide to visit the site.

"Jordan is a unique example of coexistence, security and stability in the region," Pizzaballa said, urging worshippers to pray for peace in the region.--AFP

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