Pope to visit Holy Land in May

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Associated Press

Posted on January 5, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 5 at 12:34 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis plans to travel to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan in late May.

Francis announced the three-day visit to Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem while giving his weekly blessing at the Vatican.

He says the prime aim of the May 24-26 trip is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and the then-spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians.

It would be the second foreign trip for Francis since he became pope last March.

Francis will be the fourth pope to visit the Holy Land after Paul VI's landmark visit in 1964.

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