ASIA/JORDAN – 76th anniversary of national independence: Churches renew their certificates of loyalty to the Hashemite dynasty
Amman (Agenzia Fides) – The celebrations commemorating the 76th anniversary of Jordan’s independence begin today, Wednesday May 25, and will last three days. The festivities are particularly numerous this year, with military parades, artistic events and pyrotechnic shows organized in all the governorates of the Kingdom, after two years of confinement due to the pandemic. On this occasion, the Heads and representatives of all the Churches and ecclesial communities rooted in the lands crossed by the Jordan wished to express by public messages their grateful closeness to those who govern the destinies of the Kingdom, renewing their loyalty to the royal family. Hashemite and reaffirming its role as guardian of the Holy Christian and Muslim Places in Jerusalem claimed by dynastic tradition by the monarch Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein.
All the representatives of the different ecclesial groups – underlines the information portal abouna.org – wanted to pay homage to a nation which “despite limited natural resources and the narrowness of its territory, has been able to overcome the limits of geography, dilemmas of wars, calamities, setbacks”, and over time “offered shelter to the defeats of Arabism and shared its victories, becoming a common homeland for Christians and Muslims”. Among others, the Patriarch Greek Orthodox of Jerusalem, Theophilus III, invoked in his message the protection of God “on Jordan, its leader and its people”, while Archbishop Yasser Ayyash, Melkite Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem, wanted to reaffirm in the name of his Loyalty, Fidelity and Love of the Church to our Hashemite Leader”, praying that the leadership of Jordan will always be preserved “from the crises and all the conspiracies to which it is constantly exposed”.
Bishop William Shomali, Patriarchal Vicar for the Holy City of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, renewed his gratitude “for the efforts of the Hashemites in the defense of the Islamic and Christian Holy Places in Jerusalem. We, Palestinians, Muslims and Christians – Bishop William added – ask God to protect His Majesty and the Hashemite family, so that Jordan remains a shining beacon and a safe harbor for its people and for those who approach it.” Father Joseph Soueid, Patriarchal Vicar of the Maronite Church of Jordan, composed for the occasion a poetic ode in honor of King Abdullah The days of celebration of the independence of Jordan were preceded by events which once again highlighted the tensions and contrasts within the royal family. On May 21, a royal decree issued by King Abdullah II imposed severe restrictions on the movements of Hamzah bin al-Hussein, the monarch’s half-brother. Two days earlier, in a letter p Published in Jordanian newspapers, the king had explained the reasons for the harsh decree against his half-brother, stating that “During the past year, Hamzah has exhausted all opportunities to get back on the right track. will not allow anyone – reads the royal letter – to place his interests above those of the nation, nor will I allow my brother to disturb the peace of our proud nation”. In the published text by King Abdullah, Hamzah is again accused of complicity with envoys of unidentified foreign forces who seek to bring about “regime change” in Jordan.Abdullah and Hamzah are the sons of King Hussein of Jordan (from two different wives) , the leader who ruled Jordan for nearly 50 years and who died in 1999. Already last year, Hamzah was arrested by his brother King Abdullah for his alleged involvement in a coup attempt. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 25/05/2022)