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Jordan boosts security for pope's visit

Jordan boosts security for pope's visit

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Posters and other material are being used to welcome Pope Francis to Jordan. (Source: CBS) Posters and other material are being used to welcome Pope Francis to Jordan. (Source: CBS)

AMMAN, JORDAN (CBS) - Jordan has increased security measures in Amman on Saturday ahead of Pope Francis' arrival in the city.

Hundreds of police officers were seen deploying on the streets of the Jordanian capital and at sites where the pontiff is expected to visit.

Jordanian Tourist Minister Nidal Katamine said the visit showed "Jordan enjoys a lot of stability."

The pope will meet with Jordan's King Abdullah II on Saturday before holding mass at a stadium in Amman.

Later on Saturday he will visit Bethany, a village near Jerusalem where Christians believe Jesus was baptized.

"Today we are obviously receiving the pope and everyone is looking forward to his plane to land in the Queen Alia airport in Amman. This is a very important event for Jordan and we have been preparing for it over the past months. We believe this visit is - the fourth obviously papal visit to Jordan - and this is in itself is a message to the rest of the world that Jordan enjoys a lot of stability," said Katamine.

There were posters of the pope as well as a poster of Pope Francis shaking hands with King Abdullah II.

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