An Israeli official has apparently stated that Pope Francis will be visiting the Holy Land on May 25-26, “The Jerusalem Post” quotes the CNN’s Jake Tapper saying. This would be the Pope’s first visit to Israel.
According to The Jerusalem Post,
in September, Channel 2 reported that Pope Francis “told his close
friend, Argentinean Rabbi Abraham Skorka, of his lifelong dream to visit
the Holy Land, and of his intentions to visit Israel and Bethlehem” in
The Pope expressed the hope that his visit would bring a message
In another previous article, The Jerusalem Post
had reported that when Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein visited the
Vatican in September he told Francis he would be glad to see him visit
the Holy Land and that “the Pope would be the Speaker's personal guest
in the Knesset.”
The Pope apparently welcomed the invitation, responding
"I'll come, I'll come."
President Shimon Peres had already invited the Pope to Israel when he visited Rome last May.
A Vatican spokesman said the Pope accepted the invitation “with willingness and joy.”