Your Holiness, we are delighted that you, like your predecessors, will perform a pilgrimage to the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him), at Bethany beyond the Jordan
There was sadly no time in our busy itinerary to snorkel or scuba dive in the marine playground of Aqaba, but we did manage a cooking course in Petra, plus visits to remarkable sites straight out of the Koran and Bible in this Holy Land of Jesus, Moses and John the Baptist, Bethany Beyond The Jordan
, Mount Nebo and Madaba, the City of Mosaics - we happened upon a Greek Othrodox baptism starring a naked baby tugging on the priest's grey beard.
Visit Petra, Mount Nebo, Bethany beyond the Jordan
, Jersalem, Bethelem, Nazareth, Capernaum, Tiberius, Lake of Galilee, Dead Sea and much more
Among the pairings of events and places are casting out demons at Gadara (Umm Qays) and Gerasa (Jerash), the site of the baptism and Elihah's ascension in Bethany beyond the Jordan
, the memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo, deacon and first Christian martyr Saint Stephen at Umm ar-Rasas, the beheading of John the Baptist at Machaerus/Mukawer, and the memorial of Aaron at Jabal Haroun (near Petra).
When Pope Benedict XVI was in Jordan in 2009, he blessed the cornerstones for two new Catholic churches at Bethany beyond the Jordan
, one Latin rite and the other Greek Melkite.
For me, the prospect of visiting places such as Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land and Bethany Beyond the Jordan
, where Jesus was baptised by John, is exciting.
Just on the doorstep of our hotel, the Movenpick Dead Sea, lies the biblical Bethany beyond the Jordan
, which was acclaimed by archaeologists in 1996 as the site where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.
Accompanied by King Abdullah II of Jordan, right, Queen Rania, left and Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed, second right, Pope Benedict XVI visits the Bethany beyond the Jordan
river, the site of Christ's baptism, west of Amman, Jordan
Bethany beyond the Jordan
, the Jordan River site where Jesus is believed to have been baptized, and a place long associated with Old Testament prophets Joshua, Elijah, and Elisha.
Jordanian archaeologists and the state insist that the Christian settlement is the real Bethany Beyond the Jordan
recorded in the Gospel of John.
Thousands of Christian pilgrims will welcome the new millennium at a holy communion to be held on January 7 at the baptism site of Jesus Christ, Bethany beyond the Jordan
(John 1:28), on the east bank of the Jordan River.
Bethany Beyond the Jordan
, better known as the baptismal site, is believed to be the place where John the Baptist once lived and preached and where Jesus was baptized.