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Photo Story of Pope Francis’ Historic Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

  

Pope Francis blesses a Palestinian journalist aboard the papal plane on his flight to Amman, Jordan, May 24, the start of his three-day visit to the Holy Land. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis blesses a Palestinian journalist aboard the papal plane on his flight to Amman, Jordan, May 24, the start of his three-day visit to the Holy Land. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis is welcomed by Jordan's Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal after arrival at Queen Alia International Airport in AmmanThe Holy Father is welcomed by Jordan’s Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal after arrival at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman May 24. (CNS photo/Muhammad Hamed, Reuters)
 
barPope Francis is welcomed by Jordan's King Abdullah II after arriving in Amman May 24.Jordan’s King Abdullah II welcomes Pope Francis  after arriving in Amman May 24. (CNS photo/Ali Jarekji, Reuters)
 
barPope Francis is welcomed by Jordan's King Abdullah II and his wife, Queen Rania, during an arrival ceremony at the al-Husseini Royal Palace in Amman May 24. The pope is making a three-day visit to the Holy Land, spending one day each in Jordan, the Pales tinian territories and Israel. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis is welcomed by Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his wife, Queen Rania, during an arrival ceremony at the al-Husseini Royal Palace in Amman May 24. Here is Pope Francis’ address to the Jordanian authorities. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis is welcomed by Jordan's King Abdullah II, his wife, Queen Rania, and their children upon his arrival at the al-Husseini Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, May 24. The pope is making a three-day visit to the Holy Land, spending one day each in Jo rdan, the Palestinian territories and Israel. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Upon his arrival at the al-Husseini Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan, May 24, Pope Francis is welcomed by Jordan’s King Abdullah II, his wife, Queen Rania, and their children. The Holy Father made a three-day visit to the Holy Land, spending one day each in Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Israel. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barA Palestinian man holds a picture of Pope Francis during a May 24 demonstration calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails and in solidarity with prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 31 days in Tulkarm, West Bank. (CNS photo/Abed Omar Qusini, Reuters) A Palestinian man holds a picture of Pope Francis during a May 24 demonstration calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails and in solidarity with prisoners who have been on hunger strike for 31 days in Tulkarm, West Bank. (CNS photo/Abed Omar Qusini, Reuters)
 
barJordan's King Abdullah II and his wife, Queen Rania, arrive with Pope Francis as the pontiff visits Bethany Beyond the Jordan May 24, believed to be where Jesus was baptized, southwest of Amman. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his wife, Queen Rania, arrive with Pope Francis as the pontiff visits Bethany Beyond the Jordan May 24, believed to be where Jesus was baptized, southwest of Amman. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis makes the Sign of the Cross after praying as he visits Bethany Beyond the Jordan May 24, believed to be where Jesus was baptized, southwest of Amman. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis makes the Sign of the Cross after praying as he visits Bethany Beyond the Jordan May 24 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis' skull cap is blown into the air as he delivers his homily during Mass at Amman International Stadium in Jordan May 24. The pope is making a three-day visit to the Holy Land, spending one day each in Jordan, the Palestinian territories and I srael. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)The Holy Father’s skull cap is blown into the air as he delivers his homily during Mass at Amman International Stadium in Jordan May 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis meets with refugees and disabled young people in the Latin church at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the traditional site of Jesus' baptism, southwest of Amman, Jordan, May 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis met with refugees and disabled young people in the Latin church at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism, southwest of Amman, Jordan, May 24. Here is his address. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis prays in front of the Israeli security wall in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool) Pope Francis prays in front of the Israeli security wall in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano, pool)
 
barPope Francis bows towards the flag of the Palestinian Authority as he reviews the honor guard during an arrival ceremony with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, at the presidential palace in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) The Holy Father bows towards the flag of the Palestinian Authority as he reviews the honor guard during an arrival ceremony with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, left, at the presidential palace in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25. Here is his address to Palestinian authorities. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis celebrates Mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Manger Square in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25. Here is his homily. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis visits with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after an arrival ceremony at the presidential palace in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis visits with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas after an arrival ceremony at the presidential palace in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barEcumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople prays during a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (CNS photo/courtesy John Mindala) Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople prays during a visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. (CNS photo/courtesy John Mindala)
 
barFamily chosen to eat with pope after Mass in Bethlehem George Sbait and his wife, Shadia, pose with their children, Caesar, 13, and Nicole, 15, in front of a section of the Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 24. The Sbaits had lunch with Pope Francis in Bethlehem May 25. (CNS photo/Debbie H ill) Family chosen to eat with Pope Francis after Mass in Bethlehem: George Sbait and his wife, Shadia, with their children, Caesar, 13, and Nicole, 15, in front of a section of the Israeli separation wall in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 24. The Sbaits had lunch with Pope Francis in Bethlehem May 25. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill)
 
barPope Francis prays in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25, the traditional site of Christ's birth. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) Pope Francis prays in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, May 25, the traditional site of Christ’s birth. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)
 
barPope Francis is greeted by young people during a meetingMay 25 in the Dehiyshe Refugee Camp's Phoenix Cultural Center, near Bethlehem, West Bank. Pope Francis told Palestinian refugee youths to look to the future and to always work and strive for the thi ngs they wanted. (CNS photo/Andrew Medichini, pool via Reuters)Young people greeted Pope Francis  during a meeting May 25 in the Dehiyshe Refugee Camp’s Phoenix Cultural Center, near Bethlehem, West Bank. The Holy Father told Palestinian refugee youths to look to the future and to always work and strive for the things they wanted. (CNS photo/Andrew Medichini, pool via Reuters)
 
barPope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople attend an ecumenical celebration in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem May 25. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople attended an ecumenical celebration in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem May 25. Here is Pope Francis’ address during the Ecumenical Service. Prior to the Ecumenical Service, a Common Declaration was signed by Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople kiss the Stone of Unction in Jeusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher May 25. The two leaders marked the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch At henagoras. (CNS photo/Grzegorz Galazka, pool)Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople kiss the Stone of Unction in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher May 25. The two leaders marked the 50th anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras. (CNS photo/Grzegorz Galazka, pool)
 
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Pope Francis prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 26. The pope stood for more than a minute and a half with his right hand against the wall, most of the time in silent prayer, before reciting the Our Father. Then he followed custom by leaving a wri tten message inside a crack between two blocks. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)The Holy Father prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 26. The pope stood for more than a minute and a half with his right hand against the wall, most of the time in silent prayer, before reciting the Our Father. Then he followed custom by leaving a written message inside a crack between two blocks. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis is embraced by Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka as he leaves after praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 26. On the right is Omar Abboud, Muslim leader from Argentina. "We did it," Rabbi Skorka said he told the pope and Abboud. The pope 's message contained the text of the Our Father and of the 122nd Psalm, traditionally prayed by Jewish pilgrims who travel to Jerusalem.(CNS photo/Paul Haring) (May 26, 2014) (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis is embraced by Argentine Rabbi Abraham Skorka as he leaves after praying at the Western Wall in Jerusalem May 26. On the right is Omar Abboud, Muslim leader from Argentina. “We did it,” Rabbi Skorka said he told the pope and Abboud. The pope ‘s message contained the text of the Our Father and of the 122nd Psalm, traditionally prayed by Jewish pilgrims who travel to Jerusalem.(CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis visits with Israel's two chief rabbis, Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau, left, and Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, in at the Heichal Shlomo center in Jerusalem May 26. Looking on is the pope's translator. The pope told them that Jews were not collec tively responsible for the death of Jesus and called on Christians and Jews to develop greater appreciation for their common "spiritual heritage," through deeper knowledge of each other's faith, especially among the young. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)On May 26 Pope Francis visited Israel’s two chief rabbis, Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau, left, and Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, in at the Heichal Shlomo center in Jerusalem. The pope told them that Jews were not collectively responsible for the death of Jesus and called on Christians and Jews to develop greater appreciation for their common “spiritual heritage,” through deeper knowledge of each other’s faith, especially among the young. Here is his address. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
baraddress at the visit of the Grand Mufti of JerusalemPope Francis met with Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. “May we respect and love one another as brothers and sisters and learn to understand the sufferings of others … May no one abuse the name of God through violence! May we work together for justice and peace!” said Pope Francis in his address during the visit.
 
barPope Francis greets Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem May 26. The pope told Peres that he wanted to "invent a new beatitude, which I apply to myself, 'Blessed is the one welcomed into the home of a wise and good man.'" (CNS photo/ Tsafrir Abayov, EPA) On May 26 Pope Francis met Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. The pope told Peres that he wanted to “invent a new beatitude, which I apply to myself, ‘Blessed is the one welcomed into the home of a wise and good man.'” Here is his address. (CNS photo/ Tsafrir Abayo v, EPA)
 
barPope Francis and Israel's President Shimon Peres plant an olive tree as a symbol for peace after their meeting at the president's residence May 26. (CNS photo/ Amir Cohen, EPA) Pope Francis and Israel’s President Shimon Peres plant an olive tree as a symbol for peace after their meeting at the president’s residence May 26. (CNS photo/ Amir Cohen, EPA)
 
barPope Francis visits a memorial at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem May 26. Theodor Herzl was the father of the Zionist movement that led to Israel's founding. (CNS photo/ OSSERVATORE ROMANO handout, EPA) Pope Francis visits a memorial at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem May 26. Theodor Herzl was the father of the Zionist movement that led to Israel’s founding. (CNS photo/ OSSERVATORE ROMANO handout, EPA)
 
barPope Francis visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem May 26. The pope laid a wreath of flowers at the site, and talked to and kissed the hands of six Holocaust survivors. Also in attendance are Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (CNS photo/ OSSERVATORE ROMANO handout, EPA)Pope Francis visits the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem May 26. The pope laid a wreath of flowers at the site, and talked to and kissed the hands of six Holocaust survivors. Also in attendance were Israeli President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Here is his address. (CNS photo/ OSSERVATORE ROMANO handout, EPA)

barPope Francis kisses the hand of a woman during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 26. The pope honored the 6 million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust. (CNS photo/Abi r Sultan, EPA) Pope Francis kisses the hand of a woman during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 26. The pope honored the 6 million Jews who perished at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust. (CNS photo/Abi r Sultan, EPA)
 
barPope Francis arrives to meet priests, men and women religious and seminarians in the Church of All Nations at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem May 26. "[God] never abandons us. And so, let us not be overwhelmed by fear or disheartened, but wi th courage and confidence let us press forward in our journey and in our mission," he told them. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)Pope Francis arrives to meet priests, men and women religious and seminarians in the Church of All Nations at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem May 26. “[God] never abandons us. And so, let us not be overwhelmed by fear or disheartened, but wi th courage and confidence let us press forward in our journey and in our mission,” he told them. Here is his address. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis celebrates Mass with the ordinaries of the Holy Land and the papal delegation in the Cenacle in Jerusalem May 26. The pope dedicated his final hours in Jerusalem to time with local Catholics, reminding them that despite difficulties, God is always by their side. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) The Holy Father  celebrates Mass with the ordinaries of the Holy Land and the papal delegation in the Cenacle in Jerusalem May 26. The pope dedicated his final hours in Jerusalem to time with local Catholics, reminding them that despite difficulties, God is always by their side. Here is his homily. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
 
barPope Francis boards an airplane at Ben Gurion airport outside Tel Aviv May 26. The pope ended a three-day Holy Land pilgrimage rife with calls for bridging divisions. (CNS photo/Oliver Weiken, EPA) The Holy Father boards an airplane at Ben Gurion airport outside Tel Aviv May 26. The three-day Holy Land pilgrimage was rife with calls for bridging divisions. (CNS photo/Oliver Weiken, EPA)
 
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Pope Francis answers questions from journalists aboard the flight from Tel Aviv to Rome May 26. The pope told them he will meet with a group of sex abuse victims for the first time in June and confirmed reports the Vatican is investigating charges its fo rmer secretary of state misappropriated 15 million euro from the Vatican bank. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Pope Francis answered questions from journalists aboard the flight from Tel Aviv to Rome May 26. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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