An aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that “problems of a political nature” must be resolved before Pope Francis travels to the Holy Land in May.
Nemer Hammas, the Palestinian official, indicated that Israeli
government representatives are unsatisfied with the plans for the papal
trip, because the highlight of the visit will be a Mass in Bethlehem, on
Israeli officials had hoped for a longer papal
visit, and a Mass in Jerusalem.
The Palestinian spokesman said that Pope Francis had shown his own good
intentions for the May trip, but “things are much more complicated” in
negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian officials planning for the