Pope Francis eyes religious reconciliation on trip to Holy Land

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Drawing of the marketplace in Bethlehem Holy Land (i.e. West Bank).

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Drawing of the marketplace in Bethlehem Holy Land (i.e. West Bank).

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The three-day visit is packed with official appointments and a grueling physical schedule for the 77-year-old pontiff.

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  • richard vajs

    I wish the Holy Father success, or at least, some eye-opening experiences. Given his usual courage in speaking out against injustice, I believe he will officially condemn Israel’s racist apartheid system and its land theft tactics. Of course, this truth telling will cause our federal government to have a (holy) cow.

  • Dedicated

    What concerns me, and needs to change is the Christian apology tour to the jews. It’s absolutely ridiculous that the Pope prays at the remnant of the Roman Fort Antonia, simply because the jews pretend it’s a part of the old Temple that was destroyed.

    The Church has gone too far in it’s efforts to appease the jews, to hell with them. We owe them NOTHING, and I am bothered greatly that our Pontiff has to bow to them on his tour. The Church needs to make a principled stand against them, their ethnic tribal racism, slow genocide, and their apartheid of the indigenous Palestinians. It’s unbelievable that the Church does this, we need a return to the Pope’s who had principles and stood for them. Israel is an abomination, period.

  • Evans Antwi

    If the alliance of Christians and Jews can come to reality by this visit of the Pope,then I’m looking forward to the alliance of Catholics, Protestants, orthodox alike.
    When will Biblical differences be put aside and and promote ‘Peace’
    When will Biblical Truths be put aside and uphold one common tradition ‘Promote Peace’
    When will Christians alike submit both political and religious powers to the pope.

  • A time for the Sermon on the Mount. Love your enemies. What could be a greater lesson. Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect. Not by words but by love, especially one’s enemies.

    “But I say to you, love your enemies and bless the one who curses you, and do what is beautiful to the one who hates you, and pray over those who take you by force and persecute you.”

  • Rashid.M

    There is nothing positive to be achieved by just staunchly condemning the ‘other’. And extending the hand of goodwill and friendship as a step amongst many by all involved to reconciliation, does not mean a change to ones principled position. Nor should it automatically be interpreted as appeasement. The track record of Pope Francis in making such magnanimous gestures has to date been exemplary. I wish him every success in this endeavour.

    “It sounds a little far-fetched ….A pope, a rabbi and a sheik decide to travel to the Holy Land”

    It sounds like a joke. I’m glad it isn’t.

  • Esther

    God forgive you for your hateful and anti-Semitic views, Dedicated. I presume you have a problem with Jesus, too, who was Jewish. I note your tendency to talk about the Jewish people with a small ‘j’ — jews — which shows your lamentable and hateful approach to them. How dare you decide what the Church and Pope Francis should do. You have a nerve.

  • John Stefanyszyn

    Jorge Bergoglio (“Pope Francis”) is going to the Holy Land in the name of reconciliation between the Catholics, the Jews, the Muslims, and the Eastern Orthodox….a reconciliation of common ground and common values.

    A reconciliation which is rooted in the belief of freedom of rights, freedom of religion, freedom of all religions and personal beliefs.

    And this FREEDOM dictates that it is RIGHT (a right) to be free to worship ANY ‘god’.

    But it is commanded that one will worship Only the One Creator…and none other …for there is no other.
    ….and the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of this Only Creator God, said that we are to worship the One Lord God and Him Alone, His Will Alone to serve in obedience and love.

    Even in view of these straightforward words, Jorge Bergoglio desires to find reconciliation among the different “religions” , some of which deny Jesus Christ as the Son of the One God and Only Savior and all of which , including the RCC, that deny the Preeminence of YWHW as the Only Creator, whose identity is defined by His Son Jesus Christ.

    It is clear what Jorge Bergoglio and others are reconciling themselves to…to the image of FREEDOM of self-rights, self-religion.
    …the same FREEDOM that President Obama confessed to be the “light” and “righteousness” of man and the “will” of the “common” ‘god’ of the Christians, the Jews, and the Muslims.

    The return of the Lord Jesus Christ is soon, and He will rule the earth in power according to and in obedience to the Will of YWHW and NOT according to man’s first love for “his freedom”.

    John Stefanyszyn

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