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Pope Francis Considering Visit to Israel Next Year

By: JTA

Pope Francis said at an on-board airplane news conference Monday  that he may visit Israel as early as next year.

On his return flight from Brazil to the Vatican, the pope said he was considering a visit to the  Holy Land next year, according to The Associated Press.

Pope Francis accepted an invitation to visit Israel from President Shimon Peres, who was visiting the Vatican in April. when the Israeli president was at the Vatican in April. No date for the visit was set at the time.

Francis was close to the Jewish community in his native Argentina.

In February, he became the first pope in modern times to succeed a living pontiff, Benedict XVI, after Benedict resigned. Benedict went to Israel in 2009, and his predecessor, John Paul II, visited in 2000.

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9 Responses to “Pope Francis Considering Visit to Israel Next Year”

  1. like the dalai lama he is good human being but the vatican wants to conquer israel..

  2. Ch Hoffman says:

    at least he got his job fair & square and not through neopotism (it's tough for a pope to inherit the job).

  3. Ch Hoffman says:

    at least he got his job fair & square and not through neopotism (it's tough for a pope to inherit the job).

  4. Ch Hoffman says:

    at least he got his job fair & square and not through neopotism (it's tough for a pope to inherit the job).

  5. Ch Hoffman says:

    at least he got his job fair & square and not through neopotism (it's tough for a pope to inherit the job).

  6. the pope is also Kerry's boss as I believe Kerry is a Roman catholic.

  7. Mike Wyatt says:

    It so good to be living in times of good fearless leaders. Frankie boy is like a bump of a moral compass that will mark our age. Pope Francis touches people heart to heart.

  8. Joseph Colen says:

    The pope should demand from Catholic leaders to step up against Islamic violence over the world.

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