Pope to make rare visit to Israel in May
By Anshel Pfeffer
Pope Benedict XVI is set to visit Israel and the Palestinian territories in May 2009 after accepting an invitation by President Shimon Peres. The Vatican and Israel are said, thus, to hopefully end the high tension of recent months between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people over the initiative of canonizing Pope Pius XII.
This visit, which would be the third visit of a pope to Israel since the establishment of the state, has not yet been officially confirmed. the rest