A wholly insignificant papal visit to the Holy Land
The pope’s visit to Israel, Jordan and the PA might be important, but Francis just wants it all to be over.
Much has been made of the fact that the first state visit Pope Francis is making on his own initiative (last year’s trip to Brazil was originally planned for his predecessor, Benedict XVI) is to the Holy Land. While some have been quick to ascribe the pontiff’s early arrival to his well-attested Judeophilia, others have suggested far more prosaic reasons for the timing.
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