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Papal Agency, Jordan Tourism Board Launch Joint Effort to Take Catholic Journalists to Jordan

The JTB-CNEWA trip for CPA journalists will take place Sept. 24–Oct. 2, 2002. The itinerary will feature biblical sites, visits to CNEWA projects and opportunities for inter-faith dialogue. Highlights include:

Holy Sites

  • Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan, where John the Baptist lived, preached and baptized Jesus and where Elijah ascended to heaven from what is now known as Elijah’;s hill.*
  • Mount Nebo, where Moses stood to glimpse the Holy Land that he would never enter. The site is cared for by an order of Franciscan Monks.*
  • Petra, the Ancient Nabatean fortress city carved out of rock, near the Valley of Moses and located off the ancient King’s Highway.
  • Jerash, one of the cities of the Decapolis, where Jesus preached to thousands and one of the best preserved Greco-Roman cities in the world.
  • Gadara, or Um Qais, where Jesus cast out the unclean spirits that fled and entered into a herd of swine, which then ran in to the Sea of Galilee and drowned.
  • Madaba, the “City of Mosaics“ that is home to the oldest Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land.
  • Aqaba, site of a church believed to be the oldest in the world.
  • Amman Archaeological Museum, which houses some of the Dead Sea Scrolls and other priceless pieces of history.
  • Elijah’s home region of Tishbeh in ancient Gilead: the ancient tumbled village remains on a low hill at Listib, and the nearby mountaintop remains of a large, 7th Century Byzantine church, known as Khirbet Mar Elias (Khirbet el-Wahadneh).*
  • The modern Shrine to Our Lady of the Mountain at Anjara.*

* Designated by the Catholic Bishops of the Middle East as the five pilgrimage sites in Jordan set for the year 2000.

CNEWA Projects

  • Mother of Mercy Clinic, Zerqa
  • Italian Hospital, Amman
  • CNEWA Needy Child program, Gaza Camp, Jerash


  • Father Michele Piccirillo, Franciscan Bible Institute, Jerusalem
  • Rami Khouri, former editor-in-chief of the Jordan Times, author and writer/presenter of “Jordan Ancient Cultures,“ a weekly archaeology program on Radio Jordan
  • Latin Patriarchal Vicar, Bishop Selim Sayegh
  • Greek Orthodox Bishop Benedictos
  • Greek Melkite Catholic Bishop George al-Murr
  • Father Charles Miller, Rector of Ratisbonne Pontifical Institute, Jerusalem
  • USAID officials
  • Other leading secular authorities, subject to availability

For information contact:

  • Christine Moore: (972) 267-1111/(469) 688-5683E-mail: or
  • Michael La Civita: (800) 442-6392, ext. 600E-mail:

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