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Prediction 12: A visit by cardinals and/or the Pope himself to Jerusalem.
Pope Francis to make first visit to
Israel in March
by Jerusalem Post Staff
Pope Francis will make his first visit to Israel in March.
The pope told his close friend, Argentinian Rabbi Abraham Skorka, of his
lifelong dream to visit the Holy Land, and of his intentions to visit
Israel and Bethlehem, Channel 2 reported on Sunday.
Skorka is expected to join Pope Francis on his visit.
According to Channel 2, the pope hopes his visit will bring a message of
He dreams of embracing Rabbi Skorka in front of the Western Wall, in
order to send out a message against anti-Semitism.
Last week, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein visited the Vatican and
invited the pope to visit the Holy Land and be his personal guest in the
“I’ll come, I’ll come,” Pope Francis responded.
Earlier this year, President Shimon Peres also invited the pope to visit
The pope accepted the invitation “with willingness and joy,” a Vatican
“I am expecting you in Jerusalem, not just me but the whole country of
Israel,” Peres told the pope during a visit to Rome in April.
Both of Francis’s two immediate predecessors, Benedict XVI and John Paul
II, visited the Holy Land, including the Palestinian territories, in
2000 and 2009, respectively.
Lahav Harkov and Reuters contributed to this report.