The Pope’s visit opens up interfaith dialogue

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Pope Francis is in the Holy Land for a historic two-day tour. After a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and mass in Bethlehem, the entire region is waiting to hear what he will say in Jerusalem, and to discuss the political ramifications.

  • Oded Ben-Hur, former Ambassador to Vatican, says that the trip itself may serve to raise the profile of Israel as a peaceful destination.
  • Dr. Adam Ferziger, lecturer at the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at Bar Ilan University, maintains that beyond the question of diplomacy, this trip is unique in its interfaith delegation and perhaps hints at more opportunities for dialogue in the future.
  • Benji Shavit of Ziv Winery has launched a special edition of “Miraculum” wine, which he presented to Pope Francis during his visit to Jerusalem. He talks about the connection between tourism and wine.

 

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Photo: Pope Francis praying at the wall that separates Israel from the West Bank today, May 25. Credit: Nour Shamaly/Flash90

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