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24 May 2014 – AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Jordan’s powerful and marginalized joined together at the banks of the River Jordan to welcome Pope Francis at the site believed to be where Jesus was baptized.  Read more...
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23 May 2014 – BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — A long line of cars trailed down the road next to the Church of the Nativity as Franciscan Father Ibrahim Faltas helped coordinate the placement of the electricity generator for the 25 May papal Mass.  Read more...
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23 May 2014 – JERUSALEM (CNS) — The attention drawn to the Cenacle by extremist Jewish groups has put a damper on the hopes for negotiations over the site, said Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land.  Read more...
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22 May 2014 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Asking prayers for his 24-26 May trip to the Holy Land, Pope Francis said his visit to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories would be “strictly religious.”  Read more...
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21 May 2014 – BEIRUT (CNS) — A spokesman for the Maronite Catholic Church said Maronite Patriarch Bechara Peter, will welcome Pope Francis to the Holy Land as head of the largest Antiochian Catholic Church and will not be there “to legitimate any one’s political claims.”  Read more...
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21 May 2014 – AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Jordan’s Prince El Hassan bin Talal expressed the desire to see “a template of hope” developed during Pope Francis’ 24-26 May visit to the Holy Land.  Read more...
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20 May 2014 – WASHINGTON (CNS) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America welcomed the 25 May meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem.  Read more...
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16 May 2014 – VATICAN CITY (CNS) — On Pope Francis’ first trip to the Holy Land, May 24-26, his agenda will focus on the search for Christian unity, particularly between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. But inevitably, in a region so rich in history and so fraught with conflict, he will address other urgent issues, including dialogue with Jews and Muslims, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and the plight of the Middle East’s shrinking Christian population.  Read more...


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