Holy See: Israel Turning Holy Sites Into Military Base Ahead of Papal Visit

Spokesman tells The Economist Israeli security measures are so strict that pope and Christian pilgrims won't be able to see each other.

Israel is turning the holy sites into a "military base" for Pope Francis' May 25 visit, thus driving a security wedge between the pope and the masses of Christians coming to greet him, the Economist quoted a papal spokesman on Monday as saying.