// IP Marketing video - START// IP Marketing video - END

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
Syria's government and President Bashar al-Assad have rejected similar reports in the past of torture and extrajudicial killings.
Potential opponents are yet to rule out contesting her for the ballot but party sources say a Berejiklian victory is likely.
The report by Intcen, the EU intelligence centre, concluded that the coup was mounted by a range of opponents to Erdogan and his ruling AK Party.
The main part of the donation is for six surplus MiG-29 'Fulcrum' fighter aircraft, a long-standing requirement for the Serbian Air Force.
Partner news