Jordan is resuming the export of consecrated water from the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been baptized for the first time in 100 years, the Earth Times website reports today (August 10, 2010).
The export of sacred water from the Jordan River came to a halt with the defeat of the Ottoman Turks, who controlled Jordan and other Middle East countries before the outbreak of World War I.
For much of the past century, the area on the eastern side of the Jordan River has been a declared military zone.
The bottles of consecrated water receive the consent of the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Churches before their export is permitted. The Baptism site -- about 50 kilometers west of Amman -- is the place where Jesus came to meet John the Baptist and was baptized by him.