Pope’s Israel visit dates set


ROME (JTA) — Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Israel will take place the second week in May.

Rev. Rifat Bader, a spokesman for the Church in Jordan, announced Tuesday that Benedict will visit Israel May 8-11, the Catholic news agency Zenit reported.

Before going to Israel, the pope will visit Jordan, where he will make a stop at Mount Nebo, from where tradition says Moses saw the Promised Land, and at a site on the Jordan River believed to be the place where Jesus was baptized.

Zenit said the pope also is expected to meet in Jordan with Islamic leaders in the mosque of Prince Hussein.

The pope is scheduled to visit Jerusalem, Nazareth and Bethlehem.

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