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    American University of Madaba, first Catholic university in Jordan, inaugurated

    The ceremony took place on 30 May. The first stone was laid in 2009 by Pope Benedict XVI. The university, a place of love for truth, understanding and dialogue between faiths.

    Amman (AsiaNews) - "By transmitting knowledge and instilling in students a love of truth, it will greatly enhance their adherence to sound values and their personal freedom...The result of this process will be a university that is not only a platform for consolidating adherence to truth and to the values of a given culture, but a place of understanding and dialogue" These were the words of Benedict XVI describing the meaning of Madaba University, the first Catholic university in the country, on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone on May 9, 2009. After four years of work, the university was inaugurated last May 30 in the presence of Msgr. Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, the king of Jordan Abdullah II, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches and hundreds of young students, Christians and Muslims.

    Born thanks to the initiative of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the American University of Madaba is headquartered in New Hampshire (USA). A Jordanian Prince chairs the board of directors of the University, which opened its doors in 2011.

    In his speech Cardinal Sandri urged the students to "Grow together in mutual respect for the religious sensibilities of each other, in reciprocity concerning practical matters, in courageous healing of historical wounds". "As the primary agents of interreligious dialogue, you have the best chance to build a society truly worthy of man." "This university - he added - is a sign of the interest of the local and universal Church not only in the individuals who are fortunate enough to attend, but in the greater Jordanian society".

    In the words of Pope Benedict XVI, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, pointed out that "the intellectual nature of the human person is completed and must be supplemented by wisdom, which gently draws the human mind to seeking and loving what is true and good. "This philosophy of education - he added - has been applied in all the Catholic schools of the Latin Patriarchate since the mid-nineteenth century. Our first school was opened in Salt, followed by others in the poorest rural areas of Jordan until their number reached more than a hundred, currently active in Jordan, Galilee and Palestine. The founding of the University of Bethlehem 40 years ago and today the American University of Madaba are the natural continuation of our efforts and further proof that we believe in the ability of education to create a real positive change in the hearts of the younger generation " .


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