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Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Holy Land from May 8-15 this year, in a trip brimming with significant events including four open-air Masses: in Amman; at the Valley of Josaphat under the Mount of Olives; at Mount Precipice just outside Nazareth; and in Manger Square in Bethlehem.

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Ecumenical Meeting with the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem

Pope and Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of JerusalemIt is with profound gratitude and joy that I make this visit to the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem; a moment to which I have much looked forward. I thank His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilus III for his kind words of fraternal greeting, which I warmly reciprocate. I also express to all of you my heartfelt gratitude for providing me with this opportunity to meet once again the many leaders of Churches and ecclesial communities present.  ::More


Visit to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Pope's  visit to Holy SepulchreThe hymn of praise which we have just sung unites us with the angelic hosts and the Church of every time and place – "the glorious company of the apostles, the noble fellowship of the prophets and the white-robed army of martyrs" – as we give glory to God for the work of our redemption, accomplished in the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Before this Holy Sepulchre, where the Lord "overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers", I greet all of you in the joy of the Easter season.  ::More


Visit to the Armenian Apostolic Patriarchal Church of Jerusalem

I greet you with fraternal affection in the Lord, and I offer prayerful good wishes for your health and your ministry. I am grateful for the opportunity to visit this Cathedral Church of Saint James in the heart of the ancient Armenian quarter of Jerusalem, and to meet the distinguished clergy of the Patriarchate, together with the members of the Armenian community of the Holy City.  ::More



Mass in Nazareth: The Family Is Essential for Building a Civilization of Love

Image of the Pope during Mass in NazarethVATICAN CITY, 14 MAY 2009 (VIS) - At 8.30 a.m. today the Pope travelled by helicopter to Nazareth, town of the Annunciation and of the Holy Family, which is located some 110 kilometres from Jerusalem. Having landed, the Holy Father continued his journey by car to the Mount of the Precipice where he celebrated Mass to mark the closure of Year of the Family, an initiative organised by the Catholic Church in the Holy Land.   ::More


Benedict XVI Is Star of Hope in Bethlehem, Vatican Aide Considers Message for Palestinians

BETHLEHEM, West Bank, MAY 13, 2009 ( Benedict XVI's visit today to Bethlehem had one principal objective: to give hope to this sorely tried population, says the delegate administrator of the Holy See's pilgrimage agency.  ::More


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