Or should he, too, boycott Israel until Jerusalem and the Christian and Muslim communities are freed from occupation?
CNN reports on Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s reception at the Vatican and plans for the Pope to visit Israel in May.
Recalling the shabby treatment of religious leaders on previous visits to the Holy Land, let us hope Pope Francis takes a firmer line than his predecessor and insists on seeing Gaza and ministering to his terrorized flock there.
In May 2009, when Benedict was Pope, the Vatican told the Israeli press that the Holy Father would refrain from visiting Gaza. The word “refrain” was a peculiar one in the circumstances. “The Pope will refrain from visiting Gaza…” smacks of abstinence, as in refraining from sexual intercourse. Setting foot in Gaza was…
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