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Benedict XVI is the 265th Pope, who was elected in the papal conclave on 19th of April 2005. As Pope, he serves roles of the Sovereign of the Catholic Church and the Vatican City State. He is also considered as the successor of Saint Peter the Apostle.
Pope Benedict in Lebanon 2012
Pope’s apostolic journey to Lebanon, promoting peace and dialogue in the
entire Middle East, is scheduled from
14 – 16 September 2012.
In honor of 43rd World Communication Day, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the positive impact of social media on today's youth. "The desire for connectedness and the instinct for communication that are so obvious in contemporary culture are best understood as modern manifestations of the basic and enduring propensity of humans to reach beyond themselves and to seek communion with others. In reality, when we open ourselves to others, we are fulfilling our deepest need and becoming more fully human. "
Travelujah is an excellent example of what the Pope feels is "the enormous capacity to "foster connectedness, communication and understanding between individuals and communities . . . as means of communicating with existing friends, of meeting new friends, of forming communities and networks, of seeking information and news, and of sharing their ideas and opinions."
Travelujah was founded on the same principle that the Pope shared so eloquently, "The desire for connectedness and the instinct for communication that are so obvious in contemporary culture are best understood as modern manifestations of the basic and enduring propensity of humans to reach beyond themselves and to seek communion with others. In reality, when we open ourselves to others, we are fulfilling our deepest need and becoming more fully human. "
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The second papal visit to the Holy Land in nine years has been picked up by leaders of the Jewish State as a clarion call to beckon Christians from all nations and denominations to visit the Holy Land.
"The fact that he's actually coming here to the Holy Land conveys a strong message to Christians around the world that they should come here," Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov said at a media briefing. "The government of Israel joins this message in calling Christians, come to the Holy Land, come as pilgrms, we ae ready to receive you and welcome you."
Misezhnikov spoke of Christian sites as well as other packages the State of Israel can offer - from spa treatments to holy sites - that can provide a "spiritual, extraordinary experience in a country with extraordinary landscapes and a progressive infrastructure."
Indeed, old infrastructure is getting a facelift while new is being added.
Some of the ancient sites renovated include the room in the Old City belie
The Vatican has described this trip as a "personal pilgrimage". Millions of people around the world will be watching the Pope visit many of Christianity's most famous holy sites including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Garden of Gethesamene, Kidron Valley, Church of the Nativity, Church of the Annunciation and the Mt of Precipice in Nazareth. Last week, Travelujah asked the Nuncio, H.E. Archbishop Antonio Franco what specific holy site did the Pope look most forward to seeing on his trip to Israel. Replied the Nuncio "the faces of all the people, that is his favorite site."
Despite all the discussion over where the Pope's itinerary will take him, one thing is for sure - this Pope "wants to see his children", according to Father Eunam Kelley. Despite all the discussion and curiousity regarding why this Papal visit was planned under short notice, if there is one objective that the Vatican has in planning this trip, it is to strengthen the Christian community both in Jordan, the Palestinian Territories and in Israel. by visiting his "children" and seeing the people, Pope Benedict XVI is hoping to instill hope and worldwide attention on this shrinking community of Christians.
The Israeli tourism industry is hoping that this upcoming visit will encourage Catholic tourism to Israel in much greater numbers. to that end, they've been lobbying the vatican in order to get the Pope to publically proclaim that all Christians should visit the