Pope:Abu Mazen aide, problems on Holy Land trip's schedule

Israeli 'requests' on visit's agenda

09 January, 12:16

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 9 - 'Problems' are emerging concerning the programme of the trip Pope Francis is scheduled to take to the Holy Land over Israel's requests, Nemer Hammas told ANSA, discussing the pontiff's visit to Jordan, Palestine and Israel on May 24-26.

    'There are problems' of a political nature 'regarding the visit of the pope' to the Holy Land, explained Hammad, citing 'requests' by 'Israel' regarding the agenda of the visit.

    Israeli media had recently criticized the fact that the pontiff's visit to Israel was short and that the main ceremony, the final mass, has been scheduled in Bethlehem, in Palestinian territory.

    And the Custodian of the Holy Land, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, had stressed after the announcement of the pontiff's visit that 'now preparations will start with many discussions on protocol'.

    Talking about the role Pope Francis can have in favour of peace in the Middle East, Hamad stressed the 'good intentions' shown by the pontiff in the past few months. But the diplomat admitted that 'things are much more complicated' in talks between Israelis and Palestinians. (ANSAmed)
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