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When Pope Francis visits the Holy Land this year, he is also visiting Palestine, a country with a now-dwindling Christian population and an ongoing history of suffering caused by conflict and occupation. These pieces were created by the  Palestinian Museum to honour his visit; they reflect some of the ironies of our current situation, and the complexity of our identity as a land and a people.

From May 25th to May 26th, H.H. Pope Francis has met a proud of people, deeply rooted in their land and determinated to craft a future odf prosperity and peace despite prolonged injustice and suffering. 

In May 2013 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Msg.Giuseppe Lazzarotto as the new Apostolic Delegate to Palestine, anexperienced Vatican diplomat with extensive knowledge of the region and the Arabic Language. During the same year Pope Benedict XVO lest his position and was succeeded by Pope Francis.

 

In 2013 Palestinian Ambassador Arnali sadly passed way and President Abbas appointed Issa Kassissieh as the new Ambassador to the Holy See, who presented his credential to H.H Pope Francis in October 2013.

 

Herewith follow several moments with H.H Pope Francis in last months.

 

The last supper sculpture presented to H.H the Pope Francis I by the three Mayor (Beit Sahour, Beit Jallah, Bethelhem) has bee with with an olive tree uprooted in Cremisan"

 

May First in Bethlehem: an evening of music and performances at the John Paul II Foundation, in the presence of the mayor of Bethlehem and the Italian and Palestinian authorities. 

The occasion was manifold: to celebrate the first anniversary of the beatification of Pope John Paul II in one of the cities he loved most… But also to remember the siege of the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem ten years ago, and participate simultaneously in the feast of workers in the land of St. Joseph.

In Bethlehem the Pope repeated the official position of the Holy See: " Mr. President the Holy See supports the right of your people to sovereign Palestinian home-land in the land of your forefathers, secure and at a peace with its neighbors, within internationally recognised borders. In the words of the late Pope John Paul II there can be "no peace without justice, and no justice without forgiveness".