Pope Francis began arrived in Israel on Sunday morning 25 Iyar as scheduled. The official papal visit began in PA (Palestinian Authority) occupied Beit Lechem, where security was very heavy as the leader of the Roman Catholic Community was greeted by thousands of people, including religious and PA officials. The pope leaves Beit Lechem at 16:00 local time to travel to Israel. The official welcoming ceremony will take place at 16:30 in Ben-Gurion International Airport.
Ceremony at Mount Scopus heliport
Meeting with church officials in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Meeting with the Latin Patriarch
Monday, 26 Iyar 5774
Visiting Har Habayis
Ceremony to place a wreath on the grave of Theodore Herzl
Visit to Yad Vashem
Meeting with Chief Rabbis of Israel in Heichal Shlomo
Meeting in the President’s Residence
Meeting with PM Netanyahu in the Notre Dame Guest House
Meeting in a church
Mass in Last Supper Room at Kever Dovid HaMelech
Departing ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport
Following is a link with information pertaining to parking restrictions and street closure as well as bus and light rail information. The information number during the papal visit is 1-700-553-100.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)