Pope Francis Will Travel to Christian Holy Land in May

by Rachel Baker on January 6, 2014

Pope Francis will be only the fourth pope in history since biblical times to visit the holy land. Also in this article is a reference to his address on same-sex marriage and how the Church should consider the way it deals with children of divorced, gay couples.

Francis told people gathered in the rain for his weekly Sunday blessing that he was announcing, “in the climate of joy that is typical of the Christmas season,” the three-day visit to Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. It is the only trip so far confirmed for 2014 and the second foreign trip of Francis’ pontificate, following his 2013 visit to Brazil for World Youth Day.

Francis said the prime aim is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and the then-spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Atengora.

Francis will be joined by the current ecumenical patriarch, Bartholomew. They will celebrate Mass together at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where the faithful believe Jesus was crucified and buried, Francis said.

But the visit will also underscore Francis’ close ties to the Jewish community and the Vatican’s longstanding call for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Check out the remainder of the article here:
http://world.time.com/2014/01/05/pope-to-travel-to-holy-land-may-24-26/

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