Jordan's king donates land for church at baptismal river site

Anglicans to build at Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan
King Abdullah II of Jordan has given a plot of land to the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem for construction of a church and retreat center at the much-visited Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan site, where, according to tradition, Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist took place.

In officially dedicating the two-and-a-half-acre site on March 28, Anglican bishop Suheil Dawani of Jerusalem called the gift a “privilege” that will enable the building “of a medium-sized Gothic church,” according to Episcopal News Service.

“It will be a center for the entire Anglican Communion all over the world to visit and connect with what’s going on here,” Dawani said. King Abdullah II, in a statement, cited Jordan as an example of tolerance and coexistence between Islam and Christianity.


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