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Pope Francis's Upcoming Holy Land Visit to Promote Cooperation and Understanding

14 October, 201314 October, 2013 0 comments Holy Land Pilgrimage Holy Land Pilgrimage
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Pope Francis is expected to visit the Holy land in March 2014, and it is anticipated that his Argentinian Rabbi friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka will join him on a joint pilgrimage devoted to reconcilliation.

 

Coincidentally, in a possibly  related event, Israel's Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau, met today with His Beatitude Fouad Tual, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem to discuss enhanced cooperation regarding pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Pope Francis's upcoming visit will highlight the cooperative agenda more clearly.



The Year of Faith, which Pope Benedict XVI initiated in Rome on 11 October 2012 will be celebrated in Nazareth in a Eucharist ceremony at Mount Precipice on Sunday, 17 November, led by the Latin Patriarch. Pilgrims from Spain, Italy and a number of other countries are expected to attend.



The Tourism Minister expressed his hope that the meeting would herald the "beginning of enhanced and prolonged cooperation between the ministry and the Catholic Church. Pilgrimage serves as a bridge for peace, bringing together peoples and cultures from around the world."

 



The Latin Patriarch echoed the sentiments of the minister, speaking of a "spirit of authentic cooperation and strong communication. We share both a mutual interest in providing hospitality and services for pilgrims and the goal that these pilgrims will return home as new ambassadors for the Holy Land."

 

Photo Credit: - Reuters

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