INTERACTIVE GUIDE Pope Benedict XVI in the Holy Land

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Pope: West Bank fence is a symbol of 'stalemate' Pontiff visits Bethlehem to celebrate mass and meet with Abbas; says Palestinians deserve sovereignty.

U.S. Jews of all denominations unite to support pope on Israel trip Signatories of open letter to pontiff include include Chief Rabbi of Poland and president of U.S. Rabbinical Assembly.

Criticizing Pope Benedict's Yad Vashem speech misses the point It is true the pontiff did not make apologies for historic crimes, but he did something else: He reminded the world that anti-Semitism still rears its ugly head.

Editorial / A missed opportunity The pope's visit shows that there is no real dialogue between Israel and the Vatican, and that it is difficult to erase centuries-old wounds.

Survivors angered by Benedict's 'lukewarm' speech at Yad Vashem The chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Avner Shalev, said he expected the pope to draw on his personal experience to issue a stronger condemnation of Nazis and Germans, who were not directly mentioned in the speech.

Benedict's speech showed verbal indifference and banality The speech he gave yesterday at Yad Vashem was surprising mainly because one would have expected the Vatican's cardinals to prepare a more intelligent text for their boss.

Benedict and us / Speaking to his own flock Those who expected the head of the Church, once a member of the Hitler youth, to enter the Hall of Remembrance himself instead of sending a deputy were rightly disappointed.

Pope arrives in Israel for historic visit Five-day trip includes visits to Yad Vashem, Temple Mount and Nazareth.

The pope's visit to Israel is an impossible balancing act The fact that Benedict is now compelled to carry out the visit doesn't mean that he will be doing any favors to Israel.

His flock in the Holy Land The Catholics of the Holy Land are members of a community that has changed its appearance entirely during the past 20 years.

When the pope comes calling The official attitude toward the reception for the pope was somewhat less sensual than that of the Renaissance.

Dangerous liaisons The negotiations we held with the Vatican in 1992 were over a basic document, with the idea being that when this was signed, we would continue to negotiate a much more detailed document.

Pope: The cry of Holocaust victims still echoes in our hearts Chair of Yad Vashem Council: Apology, empathy missing from German pope's speech at Holocaust memorial.

Pope fever hits Facebook with new Holy Land quiz Just in time for the pope's visit, the Consulate General of Israel in New York launched a Facebook application that teaches about the Holy Land.

Pope: Catholic Church and Jewish people united by 'inseparable bond At first glance there is nothing in common between Pope Benedict XVI's visit and the Palestinian Nakba. But one thing links the two: relations with the Jewish people.

Papal visit, tourism's deliverance? When his predecessor, paid a visit in 2000, it was predicted 500,000 Christian pilgrims would come to Israel that year. By that September the actual number was 750,000.

Trembling before the pope Four days before Pope Benedict XVI embarks on his trip to the Holy Land, the Latin Patriarch in Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, is one of the most worried people in the Middle East.

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