In Israel, the Pope Is a Pilgrim, Not a Politician

Pope Francis will be visiting the region with a rabbi and a Muslim leader, but unfortunately, we will not hear from them.

On Sunday afternoon, the pope will sally forth from the helicopter that will land him in Israel after a visit to Bethlehem. His face will shine with the warmth of humanity, he will smile in every direction and wave his hands in greeting, as is the custom of popes meeting their welcomers — whether they are figures of authority or the common folk, Catholics or others.