COMMENTARY: In Bethlehem, Pope Francis can show his support for peace, justice

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A Swiss Guard salutes as Pope Francis and cardinals leave a meeting in the synod hall at the Vatican on Feb. 20, 2014. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

A Swiss Guard salutes as Pope Francis and cardinals leave a meeting in the synod hall at the Vatican on Feb. 20, 2014. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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(RNS) On the eve of a papal visit, the mayor of Bethlehem says Pope Francis can restore hope to Palestinian youth and the “excluded” Palestinian nation as a whole.