A Pope Can Hope


Pope Benedict XVI is on a whirl wind tour of the Middle East right now
his first stop.......
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
which, coincidentally, i was in almost exactly one year ago to the day

Ive always been intrigued by the Pope and Vatican City and the like
which is odd since I'm not catholic
but I've always been fascinated by it
i especially like books that are set in Vatican City with story lines involving Popes...like Dan Brown's books.

anyway, the Pope is currently traveling to all the sites i visited last year during my travels
his next stop, Jerusalem
which i also visited. it was one of my all time favorite city's
i shall share pictures of the Pope in Jerusalem when they are posted
until then, enjoy these pictures of the Pope in Jordan


Pope Benedict XVI (L) extends his hand to Jordanian Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed, King Abdullah II's cousin and advisor on religious affairs, at the end of their speeches at King Hussein bin Talal Mosque in Amman on May 09, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI condemned the "ideological manipulation of religion" in a speech to Muslim leaders in Jordan, as he pressed inter-faith reconciliation on the second day of a Holy Land tour. Religion should be a force for unity not division, the pontiff told his audience, which included Christian prelates, gathered in the mosque.


Pope Benedict XVI stands beside "The Staff of Moses" during his visit to Mountain Nebo on May 9, 2009, 40 kilometers southwest of Amman, Jordan. Pope Benedict XVI called for reconciliation between Christians and Jews during a visit in Jordan, where in the biblical tradition God showed Moses the Promised Land. Pope Benedict XVI is on his first trip to the middle east, which will also include the West Bank and Israel.

On our way out to visit Jerusalem we took a cab from Madaba, Jordan to the border with Jerusalem. The only way to get there was to drive through the desert mountains. One of those mountains we passed was Mt. Nebo. Unfortunately we were not able to stop and visit the church as it was closed. But the big spiral cross was very visible.


the Pope-Mobile leaving the Mt Nebo church
trust me, the roads are crazy
i hope someone other than a Jordanian is driving the Pope
the Jordanians are some crazy drivers, especially on these mountain roads


Jordan's Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal speaks to Pope Benedict XVI (L) during his visit to the King Hussein Bin Talal mosque in Amman May 9, 2009. Pope Benedict retraced the steps of Moses on Saturday, visiting the mountain where the Bible says the ancient prophet glimpsed the Promised Land before dying, and preached that religion helps man search for truth.


Faithful Christians cheer for Pope Benedict XVI, right in car, as he passes in the streets of Madaba, some 40 kms (24 miles) southwest of Amman, on Sunday May 9, 2009. Pope Benedict began a week long tour in the Middle East on Friday that will include Jordan and Israel, and the Palestinian territories. In his first visit as pope to an Arab country, Benedict will meet with Muslim religious leaders at Amman's largest mosque.


Jordan's King Abdullah II (2nd L), his wife Queen Rania (2nd R) and their children welcome Pope Benedict XVI (R) upon his arrival at the royal palace in Amman on May 8, 2009. Pope Benedict XVI underlined his "deep respect" for Islam in Jordan, on his first trip
as pontiff to an Arab state, and stressed that religious freedom is a fundamental human right.


Jordanian children waving flags as the Pope enters Amman Stadium for mass


Pope Benedict XVI (L), accompanied by Jordan's King Abdullah (R), Jordan's Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal (2nd R) and Rustom Mkhjian, director of the Baptism site (3rd R) visits Bethany Beyond the Jordan, on the east bank of the Jordan River May 10, 2009. Pope Benedict on Sunday visited the site believed to be where Jesus was baptised as he wraps up his visit to Jordan and prepares to leave for Israel to start the most delicate part of his first Middle East trip.

Sadly, this is one place we did not travel to. We did see the Jordan River as we crossed into Jerusalem, but it not what i would describe as a river. it was quite small. more like a creek

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