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Pope is greeted in Jordan with traditional kefiah

2009-05-08

Benedict received the gift while visiting a rehabilitation center for the physically and mentally handicapped run by the Catholic church for people of all religions.

He was greeted by hundreds of young people that sang to him in Arabic and Italian

Benedict XVI
"I come simply with an intention, a hope: to pray for the precious gift of unity and peace, most specifically for the Middle East. Peace for individuals, for parents and children, for communities, peace for Jerusalem, for the Holy Land, for the region, peace for the entire human family."

There are some 110,000 Catholics in Jordan, a mere 2% of the country’s population. Though Jordan is officially an Islamic country, Christmas is observed as a holiday.

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