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Address of His Holiness Pope Francis Visit to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Jerusalem, 26 May 2014 Dear Muslim Friends, I am grateful for the opportunity to meet with you in this sacred place. I thank you for the courteous invitation you have extended to me and, in particular, I wish to thank the Grand ...read more
Address of His Holiness Pope FrancisEcumenical Celebration in the Basilica of the Holy SepulchreJerusalem, 25 May 2014 In this Basilica, which all Christians regard with the deepest veneration, my pilgrimage in the company of my beloved brother in Christ, His Holiness Bartholomaios, now reaches its culmination.  We are making this pilgrimage in the footsteps of ...read more
Holy Sepulchre, May 25, 2014 “Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” (Matt. 28.5-6) Your Holiness and dearly beloved brother in Christ, Your Beatitude Patriarch of the Holy City of ...read more
Like our venerable predecessors Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras who met here in Jerusalem fifty years ago, we too, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, were determined to meet in the Holy Land “where our common Redeemer, Christ our Lord, lived, taught, died, rose again, and ascended into Heaven, whence he sent the Holy ...read more
May 25, 2014 Your Holiness, in the heart of the turbulent and violent Middle East, where Christians are often persecuted, Israel is an island of tolerance. We guarantee freedom of worship for all and we are committed to maintaining the status quo at the Holy sites of Christians, Muslims and Jews. Your Holiness, Pope Francis, ...read more
State Welcome Reception for Pope Francis May 25, 2014 On behalf of the Jewish people and in the name of all the people of Israel, I welcome you with the age old words from the Book of Psalms: “Welcome in the name of the Lord.” Welcome at the gates of Jerusalem. Your Holiness, You have ...read more
Pope Francis arrived by helicopter, from Bethlehem in the West Bank to the Israeli international airport near Tel Aviv. Upon his arrival at the airport around 4:30 this afternoon, he was greeted by Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and other Israeli government authorities.  Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I thank ...read more
Pope Francis met, on Sunday, with children from various refugee camps who use the services of the Phoenix Centre. The children shared with Pope Francis their hopes for the future and how they experience their living conditions. ...read more
Pope Francis celebrated Mass at Manger Square in Bethlehem. Above is the full video of the Mass and the Regina Caeli after the mass, during which the pope invited Palestinian and Israeli authorities to meet at the Vatican. ...read more
In this, the birthplace of the Prince of Peace, I wish to invite you, President Mahmoud Abbas, together with President Shimon Peres, to join me in heartfelt prayer to God for the gift of peace. I offer my home in the Vatican as a place for this encounter of prayer. All of us want peace. ...read more