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AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) By coming to Jordan, Pope Francis will shine a light on this Islamic state with a protected Christian minority and perhaps encourage other Muslim countries to follow Jordan’s model.


  1. About the only thing going in Jordan’s favor is the lack of incentive by the government to adopt fundamentalism. Given the country’s peace treaty with Israel, it would represent a dangerous anti-government force.

    Most of the region uses fundamentalism as a way to support the dictator/monarch and redirect dissent elsewhere, Jordan would be one of several “elsewhere”s these wannabe jihadis would try to operate. That can’t be tolerated by King Abdullah.

  2. Martin Edwin Andersen

    Please take the time to read “Common Lands, Common Ground: The indigenous agenda, Israel, Palestine and breaking the post-Oslo Peace Accords logjam” @ It encapsulates many ideas similar to those expressed repeatedly by Pope Francis, underscoring his powerful message of interfaith respect.

  3. It was so very welcomed to hear of Jordan’s tolerance in its affairs. I was touched by the fact that the article didn’t need to focus on widespread bloodshed, as so often happens in Middle East news. For this I am genuinely thankful.

  4. Cristian majority Central African Republic and Buddhist majority Myanmar should learn from Jordan and treat Muslim minority in the similar way!

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