Friars’ Pilgrimage to the Jordan River: “Come, come to Jericho” to celebrate the Baptism of the Lord

On this day the friars recall that Jesus went through Jericho, this city that lies between oasis and desert, several times. On the bank of the Jordan River, the Eucharist celebrated by Fra Dobromir and Fra Mario—joining Italian and Arabic—assembled over five hundred pilgrims from surrounding parishes. In his vibrant homily, Fra Mario exclaimed, “We Christians must not be afraid: we are on our land, the land that Jesus walked. We return here in ever greater numbers; our Muslim and Jewish brethren must understand – it is our obligation.”

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