Pope Francis Visits Israel, West Bank Amid Heightened Security

May 25, 2014 9:59 AM

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Pope Francis arrived in Bethlehem amid tight security measures at the start of a two-day visit to the West Bank and Israel that will try to walk a fine line in mollifying political interests on both sides.

Francis’s helicopter touched down today in Bethlehem after a short flight from the Jordanian capital, Amman, where he arrived yesterday and met with King Abdullah II. After meeting today with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, the pontiff will conduct a mass in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, the bibli...

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