Vatican City, 5 January 2014 (VIS) – Following the Sunday Angelus prayer, Pope Francis announced to the pilgrims and faithful present that he will visit the Holy Land from 24 to 26 May this year.
“If God wills, I will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, principally to commemorate the historic encounter between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras, which took place on 5 January fifty years ago. The journey will involve visits to three places: Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem. In the Holy Sepulchre there will be an ecumenical meeting with all the representatives of the Christian Churches of Jerusalem, attended also by Patriarch Bartolomew of Constantinople. From now on, I ask for your prayers for this pilgrimage”.