December 21, 2014
Pope launches historic trip to Holy Land
Pope Francis has arrive for the first time in the Middle East, together with a Rabbi and a Muslim leader, in a delicate mission to push his vision of inter-religious dialogue as a vehicle for peace in the region.
The three-day trip to Jordan, the Palestinian Territories and Israel is the fourth visit of a Pontiff to Holy Land.
Rabbi Abraham Skorka and Omar Abboud, director of the Institute for Religious Dialogue in Buenos Aires, are friends of Francis from when he was cardinal in Argentina and will accompany the Pope through the trip.
Francis will travel to Israel, expectedto arrive in Tel Aviv at 4.30 pm on Sunday. He will be immediately transferred to Jerusalem, where he will participate in an ecumenical gathering honoring the 50° anniversary of the meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Atenágoras in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.