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Connections
(from ONE September 2019)

Welcoming the Shepherd
Posted: 19 Sep 2019

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Bishop Ruperto C. Santos celebrates Mass for Jordan’s Filipino community.  (photo: CNEWA) 

In August, Bishop Ruperto C. Santos, who chairs the Episcopal Commission of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples for the Catholic Bishops Conference in the Philippines, made a pastoral visit to Jordan and Lebanon, where he spent time with the Filipino migrant population.

“They were days of joy, hope and encouragement,” wrote CNEWA’s regional director for Jordan and Iraq, Ra’ed Bahou.

During his visit, the bishop celebrated Mass for Filipino migrants at various locations in Jordan, baptizing and confirming adults who had received their instruction from the Teresians, who operate CNEWA’s Pontifical Mission Community centers in Amman and Bethlehem. In all his Masses, the bishop encouraged those present to “turn to Jesus when the journey becomes rough and challenging.”

To learn more about the Teresians and how CNEWA supports their work among Jordan’s Filipino migrants, read In a Land of Refugees on Page 12.