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Pope to Visit With Palestinian Refugees

  • Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he leaves after a mass at Amman International Stadium, May 24, 2014.
  • A young girl holds a photo of Pope Francis and Jordan's King Abdullah as people congregate at Amman's International Stadium to wait for the arrival of Pope Francis Amman, May 24, 2014.
  • Pope Francis prays as he visits the Bethany beyond the Jordan, which many believe is the traditional site of Jesus' baptism, in South Shuna, Jordan, May 24, 2014.
  • Pope Francis, accompanied by King Abdullah of Jordan, Queen Rania, Crown Prince Hussein and Prince Ghazi bin Mohammed, visits the Bethany beyond the Jordan, South Shuna, Jordan, May 24, 2014.
  • Pope Francis and King Abdullah travel in a golf cart during their visit to the site at Jordan River where Jesus is believed to have been baptized, May 24, 2014.
  • Pope Francis prays at the edge of Jordan River, May 24, 2014.
  • Jordan's King Abdullah, with his wife Queen Rania, talks with Pope Francis as their four children listen at the royal palace in Amman, May 24, 2014.
  • Pope Francis greets journalists aboard the papal flight on his way to Amman, Jordan, Saturday, May 24, 2014.

Pope Francis Visits the Middle East

VOA News
Pope Francis has arrived in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on the second day of his three-day Middle Eastern tour.  He traveled by helicopter from Jordan to Bethlehem Sunday.

Previous popes have always gone to the West Bank after first arriving in Tel Aviv, Israel.  Francis' itinerary is being viewed as a symbolic nod to Palestinian aspirations for their own state.

The leader of the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Sunday and is to hold a mass at Bethlehem's Manger Square, near the site where Jesus is believed to have been born.

Pope Francis will also talk with Palestinian children in Deheisheh Refugee Camp.  

Later he will preside over a joint prayer service with Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher -- the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried -- in Jerusalem.  That service marks the 50th anniversary of a historic meeting of their predecessors that ended a nine century Catholic-Orthodox estrangement.

In Jordan Saturday, Francis held talks with King Abdullah and heard first-hand accounts of the suffering of refugees who have fled Iraq and Syria for the safety of makeshift encampments in Jordan.  

In Israel Monday, the pope is set to meet with President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He will also visit Israel's national cemetery, Mount Herzl, and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

The papal visit comes just weeks after the latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed. 

The pope is also scheduled to meet with President Shimon Peres and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday. He will also visit Israel's national cemetery on Mount Herzl and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

Pope Francis will visit the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday and will meet with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Hussein. He will also go to Israel's national cemetery on Mount Herzl and to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

The papal visit comes just weeks after the latest round of lsraeli-Palestinian peace talks collapsed.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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