Tag Archive for Pope’s visit 2014

Catholic Church Appears to Now Control King David’s Tomb – Jews Ejected By Police

The Mass prayers took place after all Jews were evicted from the holy site by Israeli police & Yassam special forces since it was not in the accepted “Room of the Last Supper” on the 2nd floor of the Compound.

By Shimon Cohen, Ari Yashar


In further proof of the fixed nature of Christian Mass services being imposed on the David’s Tomb Compound, services which were filmed on Sunday, it now turns out that Mass was held again on Monday morning – this time in the very room where King David’s Tomb is said to be located.

After Mass services at David's Tomb

After Mass services at David’s Tomb – Photo: Rabbanit Yocheved Grossman

Rabbanit Yocheved Grossman, a lead activist for King David’s Tomb, reported to Arutz Sheva that numerous priests and monks held Mass services in the room of King David’s grave marker. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Christian site torched mere hours after Pope’s visit


Arson’s fire was set at Dormition Abbey, the location of Jesus’ Last Supper & the last stop of Pope Francis’ 2-day visit to Israel.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff


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In Israel, Pope Francis calls for 2-state solution


The Vatican said the main reason for the visit was a meeting in Jerusalem with Bartholomew I, the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, and “to pray for peace in that land, which has suffered so much.”

By i24news


Pope Francis joined with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I for a historic unity service Sunday at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Christianity’s holiest site.

Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I in Jerusalem ( )

Arriving to Jerusalem, Francis met with Orthodox Patriarch to lead historic joint service – Photo: Mark Neiman

The two met at the ancient shrine inside the walled Old City after signing a landmark pledge to work together to further unity between the eastern and western branches of Christianity. Continue Reading »

WATCH LIVE: Pope Francis I in Jordan appeals for urgent steps to end Syria war


Under tight security arrangements, the pontiff lands in Jordan to kick off his 1st visit to region as head of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Pope is scheduled to arrive in Israel on Sunday.



Pope Francis called for urgent steps to end Syria’s three-year-old civil war as he arrived in neighboring Jordan on Saturday, starting a Middle East trip aimed at bringing hope to the region’s dwindling Christian population.

Pope in Jordan - CTV Screanshot
Pope Francis I in Jordan – CTV Screenshot

Addressing Jordan’s King Abdullah at the start of his first visit as pope to the Holy Land, Francis praised the Western-backed kingdom for its efforts to “to seek lasting peace for the entire region.”

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Jerusalem Judge Vetoes Israel Police, Allows Anti-Pope Protests

Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court Judge overrules Police remand of youths who put up posters calling on ‘impure’ Pope to leave Israel.

By Orly Harari, Gil Ronen


Jerusalem Magistrates’ Court Judge Shmuel Herbst rejected early Friday afternoon a request by police to place two youths under house arrest for seven days, distance them from Jerusalem and slap them with a security deposit after they were caught putting up posters hostile to Pope Francis.

Judge Herbst

Judge Herbst – Courts Website

The posters said, among other things, that Christianity is an “accursed” religion that is complicit in the murder of millions of Jews, and that its leaders dream of “annihilating the Jewish state.” Continue Reading »

PA art exhibit for Papal visit presents Jesus as Palestinian

Official PA presidential committee requested the exhibit. As seen by a few examples, the exhibit shows parts of classical paintings of biblical scenes merged with photos of Palestinians.

By Itamar Marcus & Nan Jacques Zilberdik



For Pope Francis’ visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority next week, the PA has commissioned an art exhibit that includes works of art portraying Palestinians as Jesus.

The exhibit consists of visual displays merging classical paintings of biblical scenes with photos of Palestinians and have been “designed by the Palestinian Museum at the request of the Presidential Higher Committee for Church Affairs.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 20, 2014]

As Palestinian Media Watch has documented, the PA has misrepresented Jesus for years, claiming he was not a Judean as in Christian tradition, but rather a “Palestinian,” thereby claiming a Palestinian history dating back to the time of Jesus. Continue Reading »

Vatican Official: Pope Francis I Will Demand ‘Sovereign Palestine’

The Vatican’s Secretary of State says Pope Francis plans to talk about the ‘Palestinian right to a sovereign, independent homeland’ during his visit to Israel.

By Ari Yashar


The Vatican’s Secretary of State made a dramatic revelation ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Israel next Sunday and Monday, declaring that the pope will talk about the “Palestinian people’s right to have a homeland, sovereign and independent.”

Vatican Sec'y of State Pietro Parolin

Vatican Sec’y of State Pietro Parolin – Reuters

Cardinal Pietro Parolin holds a role in the Vatican City State, located in the Italian capital of Rome, equivalent to that of a prime minister. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Christians Disappointed by Papal Visit


Israel’s Catholic community put hope in Pope Francis I visit, but dreamed of a bit more face time with the pontiff.


Catholic communities in Israel are praying for the success of Pope Francis’ visit, but excitement and joy are tinged with disappointment that the visit is so short, and that only one event on his schedule west of the Jordan River is truly open to the public.

Virgin Mary March Haifa

Virgin Mary March in Haifa in 2010.- Photo: Tomer Neuberg

The pontiff lands in Amman on May 24, visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem, before leaving on May 26. (John Paul II visited for five days in 2000, while Benedict XVI visited for eight days in 2009.)

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