Pope’s trip to Israel will go ahead despite diplomat strike

Holy Land beckons

Even if the Israeli diplomat strike drags on until the end of May, the Pope’s visit to the Holy Land is definitely going ahead. This is the prevailing view in Jerusalem, reports Vatican Insider.

The opinion has been confirmed by a number of sources, given that the details of the Pope’s visit were defined before the union unrest.

The impossibility of following the Israeli ceremonial protocol usually reserved for such occasions could cause logistical difficulties but the belief is that the other ministries involved and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office would be able to guarantee the Holy See the administrative support required for the visit. Even though this may irritate diplomats.

The Holy See has informed Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority that Pope Francis will speak exclusively in Italian during his visit at the end of May. A number of possibilities were considered but the final decision requires governments to guarantee translations from the language of Dante.

Sources close to the bilateral commissions in charge of preparations explained that 'Pope Francis only speaks in Spanish in contexts where this language is used by everyone.' This is why Italian is the chosen language for his Middle East trip.


The Pope’s trip will go ahead despite the Israeli diplomat strike (Vatican Insider)


Belfast council votes to invite Pope Francis to city – a move Unionists brand ‘a stunt’ (The Tablet)

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