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Pope & Jordan’s King Highlight Importance of Christians in Middle East

Abdullah II and Francis Also Discuss Jerusalem, Middle East’s Peace and Stability

This morning, Dec. 19, 2017, Pope Francis received in audience His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan.

According to a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions with the king whose country the Argentine Pontiff visited in May 2014, during his visit to the Holy Land, were cordial.

“The cordial conversations,” the statement noted, “focused above all on the theme of the promotion of peace and stability in the Mideast, with particular reference to the question of Jerusalem and the role of the Hashemite Sovereign as Custodian of the Holy Places.”

“In this context,” it said, “the commitment was renewed to encourage negotiations among the interested parties, as well as promoting interreligious dialogue.”

The importance of helping Christians remain in the Middle East, it also noted, was brought up, as was the positive contributions that they bring to the societies of the region.

After meeting with the Holy Father, the president met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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