Pope's Holy Land Trip Seen as "Bridge for Peace"

JERUSALEM, APRIL 24, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI’s trip to the Holy Land next month is being billed by a Web site of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism as a “Bridge for Peace.”

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“Holy Land Pilgrimage: A Bridge for Peace” is the official slogan used on the ministry’s official Web page of the Pope’s May 11-15 visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

The site is presented in seven languages, and does not include information on the Pontiff’s May 8-11 visit to Jordan.

“His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a mission of peace and reconciliation,” the site explains. “The Pontiff’s visit to Yad Vashem (The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority) in Jerusalem is another expression of his solidarity with the Jewish people and his acknowledgement of the horrors of the Holocaust.”

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On the Net:

Holy Land Pilgrimage: http://www.holyland-pilgrimage.org

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