Pope Lays Wreath at Tomb of Zionism’s Founder

May 26, 2014 8:38 AM

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Pope Lays Wreath at Tomb of Zionism’s Founder

JERUSALEM — Making history for the second day running, Pope Francis laid a wreath Monday on the grave of the founder of Zionism, becoming the first pope to do so, a gesture of support to Israel after several symbolic signals the day before that lent a spiritual lift to Palestinian aspirations for sovereignty.

The visit was part of a marathon morning tour of Jerusalem in which Francis took off his shoes to enter the Dome of the Rock and later stood for several minutes with his right palm on the ancient stones of the Western Wall before placing a note between them. At the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, he ...

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