Praying with the Pope in the Holy Land – Bethany

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This evening Pope Francis prays at the Baptismal Site at Bethany beyond the Jordan.

Here are a few pictures of the place, taken from the Israeli side…

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The visit to Bethany focuses on the fundamental Christian sacrament of Baptism – the sacrament that makes us members of the Body of Christ, fully members of the new people of God.

After the prayers at Bethany, Pope Francis moves on to pray with refugees and young people with disabilities. In our world unity and integrity are fragile things in the human family. Pray for peace and justice and generosity.

God of all nations,
in the gift of your Son
you have embraced the world
with a love that takes away our sin
and bestows perfect joy.

Grant to all who have been reborn in baptism
fidelity in serving you
and generosity in loving one another.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, the…

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