Pope Francis To Visit Israel, West Bank for the first time in March.

Pope Francis To Make First Visit To Israel, West Bank In March 2014

Pope Francis will be making his first visit to Israel in March of 2014. The pontiff will be traveling with close friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka and will also visit the West Bank.

According to The Jerusalem Post, the Pope told Skorka he had a life long dream of visiting the Holy Land, including Bethlehem and Israel.

The newly elected Pontiff has surprised many with his way of thinking and openness to the otherwise marginalized within society.

He is making an effort to embrace minority groups such as gays, the poor, and also members of other religions. Francis has made a point to extend an olive branch to not only Jews, but members of other faiths in the few months he has been head of the Catholic Church.

With his modest way of living, Pope Francis is leading by example and practicing what he preaches and in the process, breaking down barriers.

Pope Francis dreams of embracing his good friend Rabbi Skorka in front of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem to dispel any feelings of antisemitism on the part of Catholics and send a clear message of where his heart is.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein visited the Vatican last week and invited the Pope to visit the Holy Land and be his personal guest in the Knesset, the legislative branch of the Israeli government.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Shimon Peres also extended an invitation for Francis to visit when he was in Rome saying, “I am expecting you in Jerusalem, not just me but the whole country of Israel.”

“I’ll come, I’ll come,” Pope Francis responded.

Western Wall in Old Jerusalem.
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