In the wake of the limited attack that has taken place by a lone perpetrator on Monday evening, June 13, on the Latin Church of St. John the Baptist in Madaba, Latin Patriarchal Vicar for Jordan Bishop Jamal Daibes paid a visit to the church and the monastery accompanied by a number of Latin Patriarchate priests, where they met with parish priest Fr. Firas Nasraween and priests from fraternal churches, in the presence of a number of parishioners and Madaba citizens.
During the meeting, Fr. Nasraween presented a report on what happened on Monday evening, June 13, stating that a lone person entered the church and destroyed some of its properties, and was vocally expressing contempt of doctrines. The security apparatuses were immediately contacted, at a time when one of the parishioners caught the perpetrator and prevented him from conducting further damage.
Prayers were later held at the church with the participation of a number of parishioners. Bishop Jamal commended the role of the Ministry of Interior, Madaba Governorate, and the security apparatuses with all their ranks in appreciation of the diligent fo llow-up, and the arrest of the perpetrator at a record speed.
He said, “We condemn and denounce any attack on sanctities and houses of worship, including churches and mosques, which are places where prayers and supplications of love are lifted up among all people. We hope that the relevant security agencies will continue investigations to find out the motives behind this repulsive act.” He added that the attack on the Church is merely an attack on the national cohesion and the honorable history of Christians in this homeland.
Bishop Jamal took pride in the extended Jordanian family, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein, which asserts the firm national unity and the role of religions in maintaining societal peace among all citizens of the homeland who are always proud of the holy soil and water of their homeland, and their wise Hashemite leadership.
By Munir Bayouk/ en.abouna.org