Pope Francis announces first trip to Holy Land

Pope Francis announces first trip to Holy Land

PanARMENIAN.Net - Pope Francis has announced his first trip to the Holy Land from May 24 to 26. The Pope will visit Jerusalem, Bethlehem in the West Bank, and the Jordanian capital, Amman, BBC News reports.

He made the announcement during his weekly Sunday blessing in Vatican City.

The visit is so far his only foreign trip planned for 2014. The Pope will celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, with the ecumenical patriarch, Bartholomew.

"In the climate of joy typical of this Christmas period, I would like to announce that from May 24 to 26, God willing, I will carry out a pilgrimage to the Holy Land," he told crowds gathered in St Peter's Square.

The date of the announcement – Sunday, Jan 5- marks the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in Jerusalem between the Pope and the leader of the world's Orthodox Christians.

Related links:
 Top stories
The Russians told the United States that they should not fly U.S. warplanes in Syria, but gave no geographical information.
Because liquid water is essential to life, the finding could have major implications for the possibility of microscopic life forms on Mars.
“If our very vital and close partner ODIHR cannot observe, that we also don’t observe in Azerbaijan,” OSCE PA President said.
Azerbaijan's insistence on a restricted number of observers runs counter to the country’s OSCE commitments, an official said.
Partner news