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Pope to visit Muslim, Jewish sites in Mideast trip

Pope to visit Muslim, Jewish sites in Mideast trip

The Vatican's top envoy in the Holy Land says Pope Benedict XVI will visit sites holy to Muslims and Jews during his upcoming Mideast trip.
Papal Nuncio Antonio Franco says Benedict's eight-day visit in May will include stops at the Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock is one of Islam's most sacred shrines, while the neighboring Western Wall is the holiest site in Judaism.
Franco said on Tuesday that Benedict's tour will be a religious pilgrimage _ not a political mission. Still, the visit may mend strained relations between Israel and the Roman Catholic Church.
Benedict will end the visit by celebrating Mass in the Galilee _ the area in northern Israel where Jesus lived and preached.


Updated : 2021-07-29 08:40 GMT+08:00