Pope Francis Makes Historic Visit to Israel

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View of Jerusalem's Old City from the Mount of Olives

View of Jerusalem’s Old City from the Mount of Olives (Photo Credit: Noam Chen)

  Pope Francis to Visit Jerusalem’s Historical Sites Pope Francis is scheduled to make a pilgrimage to Israel from May 24 to 26. The papal visit will be the Pope’s first-ever to Israel, and will mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s historic trip to Jerusalem. The Pope first announced the trip during his Sunday address on January 5 to a crowd of thousands, stating that he was announcing it, “in the climate of joy that is typical of the Christmas season.”  
Western Wall, prayer area (men's side)

Western Wall, prayer area (men’s side)

A longtime advocate for peace between Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis was invited to the Middle East by both Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. He will also travel to Jordan and Bethlehem as part of his pilgrimage. Pope Francis’ trip will likely draw large interest from Latin America, as he is a native of Argentina and the former archbishop of Buenos Aires. Jerusalem Club Press has partnered with media advocacy group Fuente Latina to provide full documentation of the visit in Spanish, as well as give journalists access to Spanish-speaking officials.  
Prayers in the Holy Fire Ceremony at the Holy Sepulcher Church

Holy Fire Ceremony at the Holy Sepulcher Church (Photo Credit: Dafna Tal)

Pope Francis plans to visit many of Jerusalem’s historical sites, such as the Mount of Olives and the Western Wall. For more information visit: The official website of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land The official Vatican website The official Israel Ministry of Tourism website All photos courtesy of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism   Related Content: Israel Travel Guide Tel Aviv Business Travel Guide You can click on each picture to enlarge.