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Pope in May

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Pope in May

It was announced today that Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting Israel in May of this year.

It's understood that the Pope will be escorted around the country but the exact destinations have not yet been revealed.

One can only think that his itinerary will include Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and parts of the Galilee.

Logostically, this can be a nightmare for tourists since security would be at a maximum. When then-president Bush visited last spring I was there and saw what extreme security measures for visiting VIP's can do. For starters, those that had reservations for the King David had their reservations nullified for Bush's use.

Let's use this thread to post useful information for travellers as this trip by the Pope may cause some plans to change.

Dr. Z

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11. Re: Pope in May

This is in response to revlisag -

Arriving on the same day as the Pope should not cause any airport problems, for the reasons already given to you. I wonder if it's even possible that he would bypass the airport altogether and fly into a military base??

As far as I have learned, he is not scheduled to tour Masada.

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The Pope, similar to his predecessor will fly into Ben Gurion Airport. Don't forget he will be flying on the flag carrier of the country he just left ie: Royal Jordanian, so I doubt they would want that plane landing at Ramat David (near Nazareth), Tel Nof or Hatzor (south of Tel Aviv).

I also doubt that his arrival into Ben Gurion will cause any delays for passengers at the airport, as the ceremonial arrival would take place at a remote stand. The only forseeable delays are if he is involved in a motorcade to his destination. I would think he will be taking a helicopter around most of the time. Pope John Paul II, spent four night less than a mile from my place in Toronto in 2002, and other than the helicopters hovering overhead, you would never know he was around.

As for having the chance to see the Pope, you never know. In Toronto, Pope John Paul II, made an effort even in his frail condition to 'meet' his neighbours during his visit and come to the fence of the convent he was staying at every few hours. Even Pres. Obama, toured the market in Ottawa last week and mingled with many people by surprise.

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From the Vatican website:

Monday, 11 May 2009

Amman

07.30 Private Mass in the chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature in Amman

10.00 Farewell ceremony at the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman Address of the Holy Father

10.30 Departure from the Queen Alia International Airport of Amman (Jordan) for Ben Gurion International Airport of Tel Aviv (Israel)

Tel Aviv

11.00 Welcoming ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport of Tel Aviv Address of the Holy Father

Jerusalem

16.15 Courtesy visit to the President of the State of Israel at the presidential palace in Jerusalem Address of the Holy Father

17.45 Visit to Yad Vashem Memorial in Jerusalem Address of the Holy Father

18.45 Meeting with organizations involved in interreligious dialogue at the Auditorium of Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem Address of the Holy Father

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

09.00 Visit to the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Courtesy visit to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem at the Mount of the Temple Address of the Holy Father

10.00 Visit to the Western Wall in Jerusalem

10.45 Courtesy visit to the two Chief Rabbis of Israel at the Hechal Shlomo Centre of Jerusalem Address of the Holy Father

11.50 Regina Cœli prayer with the Ordinaries of the Holy Land in the Upper Room in Jerusalem Address of the Holy Father

12.30 Brief visit to the co-cathedral of the Latins in Jerusalem

13.00 Luncheon with the Ordinaries of the Holy Land, the Abbots and the Papal Entourage in the Patriarchate of the Latins in Jerusalem

16.30 Holy Mass in the Valley of Josaphat in Jerusalem Homily of the Holy Father

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Bethlehem

09.00 Welcoming ceremony in the square in front of the presidential palace, in Bethlehem Address of the Holy Father

10.00 Holy Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem Homily of the Holy Father

12.30 Luncheon with the Ordinaries of the Holy Land, the Franciscan community and the Papal Entourage at the Casa Nova monastery in Bethlehem

15.30 Private visit to the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem

16.10 Visit to the Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem

16.45 Visit to the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem Address of the Holy Father

18.00 Courtesy visit to the president of the Palestine National Authority in the presidential palace of Bethlehem

18.40 Farewell ceremony in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace Address of the Holy Father

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Nazareth

10.00 Holy Mass on the Mount of Precipice in Nazareth Homily of the Holy Father

12.30 Luncheon with the Ordinaries of the Holy Land, the Franciscan community and the Papal Entourage in the Franciscan convent of Nazareth

15.50 Meeting with the Israeli prime minister in the Franciscan convent of Nazareth

16.30 Greetings to religious leaders of Galilee in the auditorium of the Shrine of the Annunciation in Nazareth Address of the Holy Father

17.00 Visit to the Grotto of the Nativity in Nazareth

17.30 Celebration of Vespers with Bishops, priests, men and women religious, ecclesial and pastoral movements of Galilee in the upper Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth Address of the Holy Father

Friday, 15 May 2009

Jerusalem

07.30 Private Mass in the Chapel of the Apostolic Delegation to Jerusalem

09.15 Ecumenical meeting in the Throne Hall of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem Address of the Holy Father

10.15 Visit to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem Address of the Holy Father

11.10 Visit to the Armenian patriarchal church of St. James in Jerusalem Address of the Holy Father

Tel Aviv

13.30 Departure ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv Address of the Holy Father

14.00 Departure by plane from the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv (Israel) for Ciampino Airport (Rome)

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For those who seeing him is important and they get a glimpse it will be very nice. For those who are making their once in a lifetime visit to Israel and find the places they wanted to visit are no longer accessible it will be a nightmare! I read on a Jewish site that he is sleeping in the Old City and that the Old City and its' environs will be a nightmare. The Kotel Rabbi has already said that he will not allow the Kotel to be closed to regular worshippers to facilitate the Pope. This should be interesting.

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He won't sleep inside the Old City. He will be staying at the Apostolic Delegation on Shmuel Ben Adaya Street. However, on Friday 15th, when he will visit three different places inside the Old City, it will be well possible that the whole Christian Quarter and the Armenian Quarter will be sealed off for half a day. Open only for residents.

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Pom, Pom Po-pom - I will be away the whole time, thank Goodness....I remember when John Paul II came in 2000 - it was such a nightmare. I'll gently break the news to Hubby.

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Have you seen that the city has started paving Shmuel Ben Adaya Street, where the Pope will be staying?

The road wasn't that bad before...

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It might not be that bad; he has a new less intrusive way to get around:

http://www.classybikes.com/71701

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LOL. That's the John Paul II version. What about the Pope Benedict XVI version?

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Once we used to get newly paved streets for municipal elections. Now we have to wait for the Pope to visit us...